Screen Time Is Bad For Kids’ Heart Health: study

Posted on April 29, 2013


According to a recent study, too much sedentary time spent watching the screen is bad for kids heart health, worst than other types of sedentary activities.

The participants of the study were 500 children age 8-10 with at least one parent obese, they wore accelerometers to measure physical activity levels over seven days.

They reported time spent watching TV, on the computer or playing video games, for a week.

Food intake was recorded for one weekend day and two week days.

Result- Researchers found low levels of HDL cholesterol to be linked to screen time;  HDL is necessary to protect our health from heart disease and is known as ‘Good Cholesterol.’

Based on the report watching the screen is a greater risk to children’s health than other sedentary activities.

Too much screen time is bad for kids’ hearts: study |

It is recommended that children spend about 60 minutes per day on moderate-vigorous intensity exercise, but most children do not get this level of activity on a regular basis.  Brisk walking and biking are examples of moderate intensity. Running, sports and swimming are vigorous intensity.

Simple activities such as taking the stairs and walking short distances to and from school will go a long way towards improving level of activity.

Click Here for simple everyday actions that can reduce sitting time to active time.