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Experts warn of adverse effects of excessive screen time on children’s health

As experts advocate for healthier habits and balanced screen time, parents are encouraged to prioritize physical activity and meaningful interactions to support their children’s overall health and development.

In light of the increasing prevalence of technology use among Generation Z, experts are sounding the alarm about the potential negative impacts of excessive screen time on children’s health and development.

Ruffa Mae Sakay, a 23-year-old mother, is among those who have taken steps to limit her children’s exposure to mobile phones and gadgets, allowing their use only twice a week. Emphasizing the importance of outdoor play, Sakay believes it is crucial for children’s happiness and overall well-being.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), excessive gadget use contributes to a lack of physical activity, which can lead to weight gain and other forms of malnutrition. Data from the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) reveals concerning rates of overweight and obesity among children, adolescents, and adults.

Health Secretary Ted Herbosa highlighted the long-term health risks associated with childhood obesity, including hypertension and diabetes, underscoring the need for intervention to promote healthier lifestyles from an early age.

Dr. Michelle Sy of the Child Neurology Society of the Philippines expressed concerns about the impact of prolonged screen time on brain development, citing potential issues such as inattention and limited learning experiences.

Pediatrician Dr. Cynthia Cuayo-Juico described the current trend as “super alarming,” emphasizing its adverse effects on children’s activity levels and social skills. She urged parents to monitor screen time and encourage physical activities as part of their daily routines.

Cuayo-Juico recommended simple exercises and indoor games to promote physical activity, emphasizing the importance of family bonding and alternative activities to screen time, such as reading and outdoor outings.

The DOH called on local government units to create more parks and recreational spaces to encourage outdoor activities among children. Herbosa stressed the importance of providing accessible facilities like playgrounds and bike lanes to support active lifestyles.

Written by Mc Richard Paglicawan

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