According to a new study, children who spend a greater amount of time in front of screens eat less fruit and vegetables and more sweets and fast food.
Researchers from the University of Málaga in Spain investigated how the amount of time children and adolescents spent looking at screens, computers, mobile phones, televisions and tablets adversely affected their eating habits.
The study analysed more than 3 000 children aged between 8 and 16-years-old.
The findings showed that a greater amount of screen time is associated with lower consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, fish and nuts and greater consumption of sweets, candy and fast food.
They also found evidence that a child's parent's education level affects their children's eating habits, with a lower education level associated with worse lifestyles and diets lacking in nutrition among youngsters.
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