Sedentary lifestyle is
prone to cause adverse effects on cardiomatabolic health of children.
Scientists are of the
opinion that the children should indulge in moderate physical exercise in
order to reduce the incidence of diseases affecting heart and body metabolism
While examining the risk factors of cardiovascular ailments it was noted that
screen time was worse than entire sedentary time.
A TEAM PRODIGY comprising of an Inter-university team of
researchers from the University of Ottawa, University of Montreal, McGill
University, and Laval University, researchers at the Children's Hospital of
Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute evaluated the impact of time spent in
sedentary behavior and time spent in MVPA (moderate-to-vigorous intensity
on the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in
, a researcher at the CHEO Research Institute
and a cross-appointed professor at the University of Ottawa, said, "Although
results in this study suggest that in children, time spent in
moderate-to-vigorous physical activity appears more important than time spent
in sedentary activities, with regard to cardiometabolic health, both increasing
children's participation in physical activity AND reducing their screen-related
sedentary time are important public health targets to achieve."
The experts conducted a cross-sectional study involving
500 volunteers aged between 8 and 10 years. The waist circumference, fasting
triglycerides, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, glucose concentrations
and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels were recorded.
The scientists noticed
that irrespective of sedentary time, higher levels of MVPA
(moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity) were linked to fasting
triglycerides and diastolic blood pressure, lower waist circumference and
higher LDL cholesterol levels.
On the contrary
sedentary time was positively related with diastolic blood pressure but by
adjusting on MVPA, the relation became insignificant.
observed 'Self-reported screen time was positively associated with waist
circumference and negatively associated with HDL cholesterol independent of
Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput concluded that the
risk of cardiomatabolic diseases in children can be mitigated to a large extent
by increasing physical activity instead of reducing the sitting time