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Screen time of over three hours a day is linked to diabetes risk factors in children

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1301 (Published 15 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1301
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Daily screen time of more than three hours is linked to several risk factors associated with the development of diabetes in children, including adiposity and insulin resistance, an observational study has found.

Previous research had indicated that spending a lot of time in front of a screen is linked to a heightened risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes in adults, but whether children were also at risk was unclear. Researchers from London and Glasgow assessed nearly 4500 9-10 year olds from 200 primary schools in London, Birmingham, and …

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