Do you know mom that too much TV is bad for baby's bones?
According to a new Australian study led by the University of Perth, children who watch too much television will have more fragile bones when they grow up. The’habit of spending many hours in front of a screen as a child leads to lower than average bone mass in the most critical and important years, those following adolescence, with a risk factor for the future development of osteoporosis and limb fractures, scientists explain. Study analyzed the amount of hours spent in front of the TV in a sample of 1181 participants aged 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20 years. Taking into account factors such as height, body mass, vitamin D level, and habits such as alcohol and smoking, it was found that those who had consistently watched TV for more than 14 hours a week during childhood and adolescence also had lower levels of minerals in their bones than average, compared to those who spent less time in front of the screen.
More vulnerable again are children who spend a lot of time in front of the screen. More and more scientific research, notes Giovanni D'Agata, president of "Sportello dei Diritti," pointing the finger at a sedentary lifestyle, since achieving optimal bone mass is protective against the onset of osteoporosis later in life: reducing sedentary levels in children can have long-term beneficial effects on bones.