Obesity is a condition where a person carries excess body fat which has the potential cause threat to his/her health. Research has found that about 40% of adults in America are suffering from obesity and hence they could further develop health issues like Type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and also problems with the cardiovascular system. Children having Body Mass Index (BMI) equal to or more than 95 percent of their peers are considered to be suffering from obesity. BMI is a recognized tool which is used to determine the weight status of a person by considering his/her weight and height. Obesity in children is considered to be a serious health threat which can not only negatively impact their growth but also lead to enormous health issues in the future.
Cancer, as we all know, is an abnormal growth of cells and is also called as malignancy. Scientists have found that there are more than 100 types of cancer and the number is increasing with time. Researchers have also found that cancer that occurs in children is most often quite different from the ones that occur in adults. The most common cancer found among children are Leukemia, brain, and spinal cord tumors and bone cancer.
Short-sightedness which is also known as myopia is a condition where the person is not able to clearly see the distant objects as they appear blurred to him. It is found that almost 1/3rd of the population in the UK is suffering from this condition and the number of people is just growing with the advent of technology. The condition is almost the same also in the US and researchers have found conclusive evidence that the problem of short-sightedness is gaining momentum because of the exposure to screens. People who spend most of their time in front of the screen are mostly affected by this condition.
World Cancer Research Fund analyzed nearly 80 studies which were conducted on more than 200,000 people and found that smartphones, tablets and other similar gadgets are one of the prominent causes for increasing the risk of obesity among children. They have also found that obese children are exposed to increased risk of suffering from a dozen types of cancer including, breast, colon, kidney, prostate, liver, pancreas and ovarian.
The negative effects of spending time watching movies, videos or playing games on the gadgets don’t end there; experts say that spending more time in front of a screen also increases the risk of dying young, and also it leads to short-sightedness among children. Researchers reveal that the number of children suffering from short-sightedness has more than doubled in the last 50 years raising alarms among the policy makers.
Experts are of the view that children suffering from obesity are likely to continue suffering from the same in their adult life which is a cause of concern as it exposes them to increased risk of being affected from different types of cancer.
One of the reasons children who sit inside their homes watching screen suffer from obesity is the fact that they do not indulge themselves in physical activity which is necessary for growth during their childhood. Staring at screens also increases their intake of junk food or snacks as it makes them anxious and low physical activity means that their body cannot break down the calories which naturally make them gain more and more fat.
Experts are asking the parents/guardians to take note of the time spent by their kids in front of screens. They say that the parents and guardians must actively monitor the use and misuse of smart devices, especially in the pediatric population as it is bad for eyesight and can lead to obesity which can cause many more health issues.
Research conducted by various authorities have found that children spend nearly 8 hours each day using gadgets and as a result, the percentage of children suffering from short-sightedness has more than doubled from 7.2 percent to 16.4 percent in the last 50 years. If you as a parent or a guardian do not take necessary steps to see to it that your kid spends most of his/her playing time outdoor, your kid might suffer from the above said conditions. We do hope that you will take note of the serious concerns and take the necessary steps to see that your child is not affected by the above-mentioned health issues.
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