2 hours of TV a day increases BP risk in children

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 26 Februari 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen could have a 30% higher risk of suffering from high blood pressure later in life, according to a new European study.

The risk could increase to 50% if the child performs no physical activity or is active for less than an hour a day, added the study jointly done by the Universities of Zaragoza and Sao Paulo.

''The study shows the number of new high blood pressure cases and the connection between physical activity and different sedentary behaviours with the risk of high blood pressure in European children,'' the study's lead author Augusto Cesar F de Moraes said in a press release issued by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.

The scientists based their conclusion on data from a study titled 'Identification and Prevention of Dietary- and Lifestyle-induced Health Effects in Children and Infants' (IDEFICS)', that was carried out simultaneously carried out in Spain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Sweden and Belgium. The study, which was conducted over two years, looked at 5,221 children aged between 2 and 10 years old.

The results, published in the International Journal of Cardiology recently, showed that the cumulative incidence of high blood pressure in this population during the two years analysed is high: 110 in 1,000. "High blood pressure can cause cardiovascular problems later in life," said F de Moraes.

The authors state that children who are sedentary for more than two hours a day, in front of the television, computers or video consoles, run a 30% greater risk of developing high blood pressure. "The figures are worrying, given that sedentary behaviours are common in infancy and subsequently, later in life".

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