A survey of 2,750 11 to 15 year-olds revealed that their cardiovascular fitness related to how much time they spent watching television or using games consoles. The findings showed that more than 2 hours a day of television would diminish a child’s health.
The study was carried out at the University of Sydney’s NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity, and Dr Louise Hardy who led the study said: “Get televisions and computers out of your child’s bedroom, turn off the TV during mealtimes and instigate rules around screen use. No screen days would be even better.”
The study is particularly poignant in the UK as well, where one in four children are overweight due to poor diet and lack of exercise.