Overweight and unhappy: Children stuck in front of a screen

Spending too much time in front of television, DVDs and computer games is taking its toll on children’s physical and mental health, according to a government commissioned report published today.

Public Health England says there is evidence that children who spend more time watching screens tend to have higher levels of emotional distress, anxiety and depression.

The agency, which is using the data as the basis of a campaign to encourage families to adopt healthier behaviour, claims that 70% of young people did not undertake the recommended daily hour of physical activity.

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