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Given this high exposure to screens, it makes sense that there would be negative health outcomes attached, especially in the long run. According to a new study published in BMC Public Health, high screen time can even affect your dietary habits.

Conducted by researchers at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, the study included 926 American adults of 18 years of age and above who owned a television and at least one other device with a screen.

The survey set out to assess screen time across multiple devices, dietary habits, sleep duration and quality, perceived stress, self-rated health, physical activity and body mass index (BMI).

Three different screen time categories - heavy, moderate and light - were created and a method called Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to examine the link between dietary habits and screen time categories.

The study found that heavy users spent an aggregate screen time of 17.5 hours per day across all devices.

These heavy users also reported the least healthy dietary patterns and the poorest health-related characteristics, including a significantly high BMI as compared to light users.

Heavy users also reported the greatest number of days eating a meal together as a family while watching television and therefore spent the least number of days with their family without a screen during meal times.

They also reported the highest frequency of fast-food consumption compared to both moderate and light users.

This study deduced that since high levels of fast-food consumption and low dietary intake of fruits and vegetables are associated with chronic diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and eventually heart disease, screen time - especially at home - needs to be reduced and better regulated.

Source: https://asunow.asu.edu/20200924-discoveries-netflix-and-binge
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