Thursday, June 01, 2006

Young couch potatoes risk illness

The Guardian

By Riazat Butt

Children and teenagers are spending an average of two and a half months a year staring at screens, with many watching television before they go to school or have breakfast, according to research published today.
The study by the British Dietetic Association suggests young people spend 20% of their day watching TV, looking at a monitor or playing on a games console. And this time is in addition to time spent at school using computers in lessons.
The BDA polled 3,000 children to learn about their eating, exercise and leisure habits as part of its new campaign to encourage young people to become more active.


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