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UNDER-FIVES' DAILY SCREEN TIME SHOULD BE KEPT TO 60 MINUTES ONLY,WARNS WHO

Posted by ALPHA88 CHARITY | Jan 11, 2019

Toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis.

In recommendations specifically aimed at under-fives for the first time, the UN health agency said that some than 40 million children around the globe-around six per cent of the total-are overweight. Of that number, half are in Africa and Asia, it noted.

The guidelines–which refer to passive activities such as watching cartoons, for example, as opposed to going online to talk to a grandparent-build on data gathered in countries including Canada and Australia, which show that as many as 75 per cent of children do not have healthy lifestyles.

“That takes a moment to think about,” said Dr. Fiona Bull, a Programme Manager at WHO’s Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases.“Children under-five who seem to be running around and busy all day and certainly tiring their parents, may not be as active as we think.”

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