Electronic media and lack of exercise a significant health risk for children.

children1The Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland conducted a physical activity and study in children, called PANIC.

The study was published in the International Journal of Behavioral and Physical Activity and examined the effect of low levels of physical activity combined with heavy use of electronic media and sedentary behavior in children aged 6-8.

The participants consisted of 512 children aged 6-8 who participated from 2007-2009 and examined children’s physical activity and sedentary behavior, , physical condition, body composition, , vascular system, , oral health, life quality, and on children’s health and well-being, and their effects on health care costs.

The findings reflected that heavy use of electronic media and low levels of physical activity are linked to an increased for and vascular diseases in children as the of the affected children consisted of an unhealthy diet and an irregular diet.

The point out that the prevention of and vascular diseases begins at an early age and that contributing to these health conditions can be changed in childhood. The researchers recommend regular exercise and avoiding the excessive use of electronic media which constitutes an efficient means of preventing and vascular diseases.


Juuso Väistö, Aino-Maija Eloranta, Anna Viitasalo, Tuomo Tompuri, Niina Lintu, Panu Karjalainen, Eeva-Kaarina Lampinen, Jyrki Ågren, David E Laaksonen, Hanna-Maaria Lakka, Virpi Lindi, Timo A Lakka. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to cardiometabolic risk in children: cross-sectional findings from the Physical Activity and in Children (PANIC) Study. International Journal of Behavioral and Physical Activity, 2014; 11 (1): 55 DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-55

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