Watching Television Could Be Harmful for Kids

Watching Television Could Be Harmful for Kids

A recent research carried out by the University of Sydney in Australia has claimed spending more time in front of a television or computer screens could have an adverse effect on the eyesight of kids.

Children who watch TV for long hours regularly are at high risk of developing several health problems later in life as compared to others. The research has also revealed that such kids have narrower blood vessels in their eyes. Contracted blood vessels in the eyes have been found to be linked with an elevated risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes at an older age.

The researchers of the study evaluated about, 500 children in 34 primary schools in Sydney. The results revealed that on an average all of these children spend almost two hours a day in front of a TV or computer screen and only 36 minutes in organized physical activity.

The researches have also found that the kids who spend more than two hours in front of a computer screen had narrow arteries whereas those who spent less than 30 minutes had significantly wider retinal arteries.

The researchers have suggested the parents to encourage their kids to play outdoor games so that they can stay healthy.