2 hours of TV a day increases blood pressure risks in children

25th February 2015

Spending more than two hours a day in front a screen raises the potential of high blood pressure in children by 30 per cent.

According to the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, doing no daily physical activity or doing less than an hour a day could increase the risk by 50 per cent.

In order to tackle the problem, experts believe young people should carry out physical activity for more than an hour a day, while ensuring that sedentary activities last less than two hours on a daily basis.

Augusto César F de Moraes, a Brazilian researcher who collaborates with the Unizar group and lead author of the article, said: “High blood pressure can cause cardiovascular problems later in life. For example, it increases the risk of ischemic heart disease.”

The study also found that not doing exercise can increase blood pressure by up to 50 per cent, highlighting the importance of regular physical activity. 

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