Cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus may not seem like a threat to your teenage kids. But if they have a habit of snacking while watching TV or playing video games or using the computer, they are at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome which refers to a cluster of conditions like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. These put them at an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
In recent times, there has been a lot of awareness about restricting screen time of kids because of the many health risks associated with it. But what makes this habit worse is snacking while indulging in screen time, says this new study. Most teens unwind after school or college by watching TV. What most often accompanies TV watching is eating – either dinner or snacks. Who doesn’t like munching on their favourite food while bingeing on Netflix? But the findings of this new study will surely make you want to stop them from snacking while watching TV.
Why is snacking while watching TV bad for teens?
They don’t watch what they eat: When you are engrossed in watching TV or playing video games, you tend to ignore what you are eating and how much you are eating. This is why there is a tendency to eat more junk food, indulge in bigger portions. This can up your risk of obesity.
They eat quickly: When you don’t watch TV while eating food, you tend to focus entirely on the food. Did you know that eating slowly can help you lose weight? When your body takes a longer time to chew, swallow and digest food, it feels more satiated. This keeps you from unnecessarily eating more food and hence weight gain.
They spend a long time sitting while snacking: Eating while watching TV is a classic characteristic of a sedentary lifestyle. Whether it is watching TV or playing games, it is never for a short duration. When you spend hours sitting and eating, you are predisposed to not just obesity bit also indigestion. It is recommended to walk to help your body digest food in a better way.
They tend to do less physical activity: In general, screen time for a long period of time cuts down physical activity and even social interaction. This can immediately up their risk of diabetes and heart diseases and even emotional problems. Indulging in any physical activity is good for their health and can help prevent diseases.