Sunraysia residents urged to cut back screen time

THE simple act of switching on the TV for some downtime could be making a bigger contribution to childhood obesity in Sunraysia than we realise, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

The study investigated the impact of different sitting behaviours – watching television, playing video games, playing computer, sitting down to eat, or travelling in a car – and found that watching TV is more strongly associated with obesity in both boys and girls than any other type of sitting.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017-18 show that in Australia almost a quarter of children aged 5-17 years are considered overweight or obese.

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