Teens rising screen use a threat to their health

Seventy seven percent of Australian teens spend more than the recommended two hours a day on electronic devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, video games and TV. That proportion rises to 89% on weekends and that’s more than when the last National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity Survey was done in 2010.

The study found a marginal improvement in exercise levels since 2010, but 82 per cent of teens were still not getting the recommended minimum of one hour’s physical activity each day to help protect their long-term health.

The study was conducted by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. It also found 40% of Australian secondary students had a television in their bedroom while 67% had a computer and 70% a video player in their bedroom.

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