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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:25

Excessive TV watching makes children unhappy

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Hours in front of the screen leads to low self-esteem and anxiety

Children are becoming increasingly anxious due to too much time in front of TV and computer screens, reports daily mail. Inactive lifestyles are also to blame for the negative impact on children's wellbeing, said the document from Public Health England’-mentioned at daily news.

Higher levels of TV viewing are having a negative effect on children’s wellbeing, including lower self-worth, lower self-esteem and lower levels of self-reported happiness.

The research, published in the online journal BMJ Open, found that children of Indian origin and those living in Northern Ireland are among the least physically active of all seven-year-olds.

The briefing paper was released to back a Public Health England campaign urging parents to rethink their children’s eating and exercise habits ahead of the new school term.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s director of health and wellbeing, said: 'There are many complex factors that affect a child’s wellbeing such as the wider environment they live in and their social, financial and family circumstances.

'But there are also some very simple things we can all do every day with our children to help improve their health and wellbeing.

'Things like cycling, swimming or playing football all had a clear relationship, but simple things like just going for walks were associated with higher wellbeing.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2403164/TV-making-children-unhappy-Hours-screen-leads-low-self-esteem-anxiety-experts-claim.html#ixzz2dFgWljKL

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