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Young Kids' Screen Time May Raise Blood Pressure
Date:8/3/2009

"The results of this study showed that TV viewing and screen time were associated with elevated blood pressure independent of body composition in children," the researchers wrote.

"Given that total objective sedentary time was not associated with elevated blood pressure, it appears that other factors, which occur during excessive screen time, should also be considered in the context of sedentary behavior and elevated blood pressure development in children," they concluded.

The study appears in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

The researchers noted that rising rates of childhood obesity are a major public health issue, with obesity's effects on blood pressure an area of particular concern.

"The clustering of cardiovascular disease risk factors in overweight youth suggests that risks may be immediate and not just indicative of potential future problems," they wrote.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about overweight and obese children.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Aug. 3, 2009


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