Rising obesity is a problem in our country and it seems to me that the same old mantra applies - everything in moderation. Screen time should be treated in the same way.
There can be huge educational benefit for children utilising apps or TV shows but it should be in a supervised environment to avoid detrimental habits being formed.
Prof Russell Viner, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said the findings should be taken seriously. "With a third of 11-year-old children in England overweight and almost one in five obese, urgently tackling the childhood obesity epidemic is absolutely vital. "We know that high levels of screen time expose children to increased risks of being overweight on a number of fronts, creating a damaging combination of a more sedentary lifestyle, increased exposure to junk food advertising, disruption to sleep and poorer ability to regulate eating habits when watching TV." Prof Viner said the study supported their call for a ban on junk food advertising on TV before the 21:00 watershed.