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, April 24 (Reuters) – Children aged two to four should not be allowed more than one hour of "sedentary screen time" per day and less than one year old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organization ( WHO) said on Wednesday The United Nations agency, issuing its first guidelines, said underfives should also be physically active and get adequate sleep to develop good lifelong habits and prevent obesity and other diseases in later life. 19659002] Sedentary screen time would include watching television or videos and playing computer games. "Healthy physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep habits are established early in life, providing opportunity to shape h. abits through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood, "the WHO said in the guidelines to member states." Infants under one should interact in floor-based play and avoid all screens, it said. Being inactive is a "leading risk factor" for mortality and fuels the global rise in overweight and obesity, the WHO said. a report two years ago, the WHO said the number of obese children and adolescents worldwide had jumped tenfold to 1 20 million in the past 40 years and that the rise was accelerating in low and middle income countries, especially in Asia. Excessive weight can lead to diseases including diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancer, it said. KEEP ACTIVE routines are adaptable, said in the guidelines, drawn from evidence in hundreds of studies, many from Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States. "Sedentary…

, April 24 (Reuters) – Children aged two to four should not be allowed more than one hour of “sedentary screen time” per day and less than one year old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organization ( WHO) said on Wednesday

The United Nations agency, issuing its first guidelines, said underfives should also be physically active and get adequate sleep to develop good lifelong habits and prevent obesity and other diseases in later life. 19659002] Sedentary screen time would include watching television or videos and playing computer games.

Healthy physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep habits are established early in life, providing opportunity to shape h. abits through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood, “the WHO said in the guidelines to member states.” Infants under one should interact in floor-based play and avoid all screens, it said.

Being inactive is a “leading risk factor” for mortality and fuels the global rise in overweight and obesity, the WHO said. a report two years ago, the WHO said the number of obese children and adolescents worldwide had jumped tenfold to 1

20 million in the past 40 years and that the rise was accelerating in low and middle income countries, especially in Asia.

Excessive weight can lead to diseases including diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancer, it said.

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routines are adaptable, said in the guidelines, drawn from evidence in hundreds of studies, many from Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States.

“Sedentary behaviors, whether riding motorized transport rather than walking or cycling, sitting at a desk in school, watching TV or playing inactive screen-based games are increasingly prevalent and associated with poor health outcomes, “the WHO said.

index (BMI), it said

Shorter sleep duration has been associated with more TV viewing and time spent playing computer games, it added.

to their physical health, reduce the risk of developing obesity in childhood and the associated non-communicable diseases in later life and improve mental health and well-being, “the WH O said. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay Editing by Gareth Jones)

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