Don't Let Your Christmas Present Ruin Their Health!
Are computer games on your youngster’s Christmas wish list? Have you bought them an Smart Phone, iPad or any other gift that includes a screen?
No doubt they will be excited and grateful on Christmas Day, but are you aware of what damage these gifts could be to their health?
I was amazed to read the facts given in Samantha Laurie’s article in the Guildford magazine warning of the dangers of the overuse of screens, whether computer, TV or phone.
The average youngster in Britain spends over 6 hours a day, excluding time spent at school or on homework, in front of a screen!
Dr. Aric Sigman, who has written a book and also had his work published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a British Medical Association journal, has medical evidence showing that for young users, there are chemical changes in the blood that can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, strokes and obesity. Interestingly, the obesity is despite how active they may be at other times.
He is urging the medical profession to follow the footsteps of the US and Australia who have issued health policy guidelines recommending no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time a day for teenagers and none for under 2’s. In France all TV broadcasts aimed at under 3’s are now banned as a result of evidence that a toddler who watches three hours TV a day is 30% more likely to have attention problems at school by the age of seven.
Not only is it affecting their health but also their education as their attention span is reduced, concentration is affected, sleep problems, poorer academic performance and even depression and dependency.
I did further research on what Dr. Sigman had to say and apparently a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens by the time they reach the age of seven! How scary is that! Is that a wise use of their time?
It is up to us adults to set a good example and equally not to be checking our phones, emails or constantly having the TV chortling in the background.
We at Allergy Medical UK appreciate that the age of computers is here to stay, but the maxim must be MODERATION. Not having screens in every room, particularly in children’s bedrooms where there is little control of how much they watch could be a start.
Dr. Econs, our Specialist at Allergy Medical UK, has a keen interest in 'environmental medicine'. He is only too aware of the factors in our environment which are affecting health. With the fast pace with which technology is moving, little is known of what the long term effects will be. What about mobile phone radiation and the link with cancer?!!