(NEWS YA) .-Excessive screen time is detrimental to children's health and makes them more likely to have vision problems, excess weight and even cancer, a new study warns.
Experts say that that bad habit is on par with sugary drinks as a cause of obesity.
And the number of children who become myopic has doubled in 50 years.
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The Global Fund for Cancer Research analyzed 80 studies of more than 200,000 people.
This study smartphones and tablets along with sugary drinks as one of the biggest risks to childhood obesity.
And being overweight can lead to a dozen types of cancer, including: breast, colon, kidney, liver, ovary, pancreas and prostate.
In addition to increasing the risk of dying young.
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The results of the study are really worrying, given the junk food ads that catch these kids who do not exercise make things worse.
Researchers questioned the cause of the increase but in children around the world and the answer was the same: more and more time spent on smartphones, tablets and games leads children to gain weight: which sugary drinks are the two main ones.
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Sophia Lowes, of Cancer Research UK to The Telegraph, said "the highlights of the report the importance of taking action early to help prevent cancer. "