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HBSC Slovakia: Is the association between screen-based behaviour and health complaints among adolescents moderated by physical activity?

A growing number of school-aged children are spending excessive amounts of time on screen-based activities, such as watching TV or using portable or desktop computers. Whereas the number of children who spend time being physically active every day is decreasing. This recent publication, from members of the Slovakian HBSC team using data from 2010, investigates the relationship between screen-based activities and selected health complaints, analysing the extent to which physical activity moderates this association.

The authors report that time spent in front of the computer increased the chance of reporting health complaints (such as headache, backache, sleep difficulties and irritability). Watching TV for more than 3 hours per day increased reporting of headaches, feeling low, being irritable and feeling nervous. These associations were not moderated by physical activity.

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contact: Mr Joseph Hancock

item 2727
[27-01-2015 to 01-04-2015]

 


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