‘Avid smartphonegebruik in teenagers leads to obesity and lack of sleep’

‘Avid smartphonegebruik in teenagers leads to obesity and lack of sleep’

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Teenagers that their smartphone or tablet more than five hours per day use, have 43 percent more likely to be overweight.

It also appears that ardent young smartphone users are 79 percent less likely to have the recommended eight hours of sleep per night.

According to research held by scientists involved in the Harvard School of Public Health.

For the study, that Wednesday is published in The Journal of Pediatrics, 25.000 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18, two years monitored. This shows that twenty percent of them are the gadgets for more than five hours per day.

This group drinking on average twice as many sugary beverages per day, and sport also, on average, less than one hour per week, their risk of obesity is significantly larger.


Eight percent of them watched five or more hours per day to tv, which means that this form of entertainment are significantly less popular than the smartphone or tablet. “Now most of the children to their own devices, they are still longer engaged with the screen,” said the scientists. “Often, the smartphone or the tablet next to their bed, what influence it has on their sleep.”

The researchers advise parents to the smartphone and tablet use by their children in to keep track of and, as much as possible.

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