Children Who Spend Time In Front Of Screens Risk Myopia, Obesity And Cancer

Nowadays, most children spend a lot of time in front of screens, whether computers, smartphones or tablets. However, according to an artic...

Nowadays, most children spend a lot of time in front of screens, whether computers, smartphones or tablets. However, according to an article from our colleagues at Dailymail, scientists say that spending too much time in front of the screen makes children more likely to be nearsighted, obese and have cancer.

Obesity and cancer
A review of 80 studies of more than 200,000 people ranked smartphones and tablets, as well as sugary drinks, among the most important risk factors for childhood obesity.

Being overweight can cause a dozen types of cancer, including the breast, colon, kidneys, liver, ovaries, pancreas and prostate.

In addition to increasing the risk of dying young, spending too much time in front of screens damages the eyes of children, moreover the number of myopic children has doubled in 50 years.

Researchers say the results are worrisome and call for more control over ads for junk food, compounding the effects is the fact that children are doing less physical effort and are sitting in front of screens for a long time.

Research by the World Cancer Research Fund has examined the causes of weight gain among children around the world, and they have found that the growing number of hours spent on smartphones, tablets and video games is an important factor for kids to gain a lot of weight, in addition to sweet drinks.

According to Dr. Sophia Lowes of Cancer Research UK, the study report highlights the importance of acting early to help prevent cancer, as obese children are five times more likely to become obese as adults , which is worrying because they are more likely to contract different types of cancer.

Experts say that in addition to the fact that children exercise less effort, sitting in front of screens makes children more prone to snacking too much. They call it "passive overconsumption", which means that children eat empty foods with no nutritional value which they often see on the same devices where they spend their time.

An increase in myopia in children
In addition to the risks of obesity and cancer, spending too much time in front of screens also increases the number of children with myopia. The proportion of myopic children worldwide has more than doubled, from 7.2% to 16.4% over the last 40 years.

This situation has been described as "digital myopia" and researchers at King's College in London have found in a separate study that every hour spent on electronic devices increases the risk of damaging the child's vision by 3%.

Previous research has suggested that children spend an average of eight hours a day using electronic devices.

According to Professor Chris Hammond of King's College, staying in front of the screens for a long time is a major concern, since it is a danger to eyesight, not to mention obesity and physical fitness. With regard to myopia, he thinks that having your eyes very close to the screen is a huge risk factor and that outdoor activities are protective.

According to an article by Dr. Mohamed Dirani, an expert in ophthalmology, published in the British Journal of Opthamology, the age of use of smart devices is increasingly early, many children of two years spend up to two hours a day to these devices. He said that the use and misuse of smart devices, especially among children, must be closely monitored to cope with the emerging phenomenon of digital myopia.

In addition to myopia, obesity and cancer, the dangers of screens also extend to the brains of children who are still developing, which can hinder their healthy growth.

Brain damage

According to Dr. Aric Sigman, a member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in Great Britain, when very young children spend a lot of time on tablets and smartphones, they can unintentionally cause permanent damage to their devices. developing brain. This time spent in front of the screens hampers the development of abilities that parents are so eager to develop in their children through tablets. All abilities such as focusing, paying attention, feeling others' attitudes, communicating with them, and building an extended vocabulary are damaged.

In other words, parents who quickly give screens to their children to try to give them an educational advantage can actually do much more harm than good, they must appropriately manage the time of their children in front of the screens in the future.
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