risk behaviors have increasingly been linked to psychological distress
in children and adolescents. As part of the 2003 Scottish Health
Survey of nearly 1,500 children aged 4 to 12 years and their parents,
researchers from the University College London looked at the
association between television/screen entertainment viewing time,
physical activity levels and psychological distress. Higher amounts of
TV/screen time were associated with lower physical activity rates.
higher screen time and lower physical activity rates were linked with
higher odds of psychological distress, including emotional symptoms,
conduct problems and peer relationship problems. The authors concluded
that public health policy should focus on reducing sedentary time and
maintaining sufficient physical activity levels in younger children.
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