Children's Blood Pressure

Monday, October 26, 2009

Children who spend a lot of time watching television, playing on the computer or with video games have higher blood pressure than those who watch less. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about a study on childrens blood pressure in the 60 Second Housecall.

Too much time watching television, playing on the computer or with video games may raise the blood pressure of young children.

Researchers say they found a link between sedentary behavior and elevated blood pressure in children ages 3 through 8. The findings suggest that increased media exposure for children may be much worse for childrens health than previously thought.

The children in the study wore accelerometers, a tool used for measuring movement. Parents also reported the time their children spent playing video games, watching TV or taking part in activities requiring little physical movement.

The children spent an average of five hours a day on sedentary activities, with screen time averaging 1.5 hours.

The study reported that children who spent the least amount of time watching television, using the computer and playing video games had much lower blood pressure levels.

Researchers advised limiting screen time to less than two hours per day and balancing that with at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.