By : Suresh Prasad Gupta, Freelancer, Pharmaceuticals
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Watching TV causes Obesity, Diabetes and Sleeplessness
Watching TV is an ideal way to pass time --- it is enjoyable and does
not require any effort. Most children plug into the world of
television long before they enter school. In India, children between
four and 14 years form the largest segment of viewers (23 percent)
followed by 15-25 years olds (22 per cent) and 25-35 years old (20 per
Mindless eating? Blame the TV!
Studies done by the Stanford University of Medicine, California, show
that TV viewing is directly linked with mindless eating. When children
watch TV, they snack more often on junk food – popcorn, chips, ice
cream, colas and biscuits – that are high in salt and calories and low
in fibre. At the same time, it keeps children indoors and is largely
responsible for the lack of physical activity.
TV viewing could lead to obesity because children tend to eat more
when glued to the small screen.
Diabetes? Blame the TV
Studies done on women suggest that sedentary behavior, especially
prolonged television viewing, significantly increases the risk of
obesity and diabetes. It was found that for every two hours spent
watching TV, there is a 23 per cent increase in the risk of obesity
and a 14 percent increase in diabetes. On the other hand, one hour of
brisk walking every day reduces obesity by 24 per cent and diabetes by
34 per cent.
Less Sleep? Blame the TV
A recent study conducted at the University of Florence has revealed
that television viewing blocks the production of melatonin – the sleep
hormone which is produced around 9 pm and induces sleep. Watching TV
causes sleep deficit and can affect the child’s alertness in school.
When children stopped watching TV for a week, the secretion of
melatonin increased by 30 per cent and improved sleep patterns.
Heavy TV viewing induces passivity and reduces thinking skills in
children. It hampers creativity and the development of language
skills. Kids who live in “heavy” households – homes where the TV is on
always or most of the time – are less likely to be able to read by the
age of six. Violent programmes can make children afraid or worried.
This may make them aggressive and some may end up experimenting with
sex and alcohol.
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India has all the potential to become Super power but our hopeless and useless leaders bringing us down to duck.
His only qualification is that he belongs to nehru family. He is a totally unfit candidate and there is no point in talking about this.