Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Light of devices can make children overweight

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The present age is the technological age where we use different devices for our benefits but if we observe the group which use these devices is the children. Children spend a lot of time on tablets, mobile phones or television and they are more probable to put on unhealthy weight not only because of physical idleness but also because of augmented revelation to light, a recent research study revealed.

The results illustrated that the timing and intensity of light contact are critical for metabolic functioning and weight status.

A researcher of the study Cassandra Pattinson from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, stated that “Artificial lighting, including light given off by tablets, mobile phones, night lights and television, means modern children is exposed to an environmental light than any previous generation. This increase in light exposure has paralleled global increases in obesity,”

Researchers studied the age group from three to five from six Brisbane childcare centers.

They gauged children’s sleep, activity and light exposure for a two-week period, along with height and weight to calculate their body mass index (BMI), then followed up 12-months later.

The preliminary measurements illustrated that reasonable intensity light exposure before in the day was connected with enlarged body mass index whereas children who got their major dose of light, both outdoors and indoors, in the afternoon were slimmer.

To summarize the children who had much full light exposure at the start had elevated body weight 12 months later on.

Pattinson gave details that “The circadian clock — also known as the internal body clock — is largely driven by our exposure to light and the timing of when that happens. It impacts on sleep patterns, weight gain or loss, hormonal changes and our mood,”

The research study recommends that revelation to diverse kinds of light (both artificial and natural) at diverse times at present requires to be part of the discussion regarding the weight of children.

 

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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