Obesity and low vision as a result of excessive internet use, and television viewing

Bener, Abdulbari, Al-Mahdi, Huda S., Ali, Awab I., Al-Nufal, Mohammed, Vachhani, Pankit J. and Tewfik, Ihab (2011) Obesity and low vision as a result of excessive internet use, and television viewing. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 62 (1). pp. 60-62. ISSN 0963-7486

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09637486.2010.495711


The technological age has resulted in children spending prolonged hours in front of television (TV) and computer screens (on the Internet). The aim of this prospective cross-sectional study is to determine the effect of this phenomenon on both childhood obesity and low vision in the State of Qatar. A total of 3000 school students aged 6 to 18 years were approached from September 2009 to March 2010 and 2467 (82.2%) students agreed to participate. Face-to-face interviews based on a designed questionnaire were conducted. The highest proportion of obese children were aged between 15-18 years (9.4%; p < 0.001); spent ? 3 hours on the Internet (5.6%; p < 0.001), and spent between 5-7 hours or less sleeping (4.1%; p < 0.001). Forty-six (1.9%) children spent ? 3 hours/day on the Internet, and were either overweight/obese and had low vision. The study findings confirmed a positive association between obesity and low vision as a result of excessive time spent on the TV view and Internet use.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 13:29
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 13:29
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/11329

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