The study showed a negative association between screen time and the heart health of kids. Participants who had more than two hours of screen time daily consumed more calories than kids who met the recommended guidelines of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily. Walking quickly, skating and bike riding are examples of moderate aerobic activities, while running, basketball and soccer are examples of vigorous-intensity activities.
The study found that screen time was linked to lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the good cholesterol, which seems to help protect against heart disease.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, American children and adolescents spend 22 to 28 hours per week viewing television, more than any other activity except sleeping. By the age of 70 they will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching TV. So, parents should encourage healthier habits for kids, including limited TV and screen time.
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