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Kids who spend time with electronic media more likely to suffer from emotional problem and obesity

Most parents doesn’t encourage their children to watch TV or play video games since their kids might not be able to spend more time on what is important. Now, a new research support parents in their forever battle with electronic media as it is detrimental to child’s health while they are young. Their mental health might also be affected and they end up suffering from emotional problems as they grew up.

For girls in the study, an hour added spent playing electronic games or using a computer on weekdays at age 4 means a two-fold increase in the risk of emotional problems at age 6.
And for both boys and girls, an added hour of weekday TV watching leads to poor family functions (such as having problems with parents).

However, the study didn’t tackle the case of those parents watching TV with their young ones. It also did not consider the TV programs and electronic games, to which the kids are involve with.

Dr. Daniel Coury, a behavioral specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, who was not involved in the study, said that he believes that parental guidance is what just the doctor ordered since it might reverse the adverse outcomes of too much TV and video games.

The children should have some limits when playing video games and watching TV. A second study published in the same journal proposed that parents’ intervention might reduce the risk of obesity, which resulted from being a couch potato.

Kids and the hours that they should spend watching or playing video games
Earlier research about the connection of electronic media use and children’s well-being has been mixed, and most of the studies that are done aren’t even considering playing games.

The new study data comes from more than 3,600 European participants with age ranging from 2 to 6 years old, who the study followed for at least two years. The parents also took part of the study as they were the ones that answered the questions about their child’s well-being.

The relation between too much use of electronic device and well-being despite considering factors family’s socioeconomic status and the child’s well-being at the start of the study.

However, some researcher wasn’t convinced with the new finding. Alexis Lauricella, a researcher at the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University in Illinois, noted that the questionnaires used in the study made for older children, so no one knew if they can be use for younger children.

Setting limits
A second study held in the United States, found that children who aren’t monitored by their parents while playing games were likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI) in the child at age 7.
The findings is also effective even after considering other factor that might have an impact with obesity risk, such as the parent’s BMI and level of education.

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