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Study: Kids get too much screen time, too little exercise

Nearly 75 percent of kids are spending more than the recommended amount in front of the computer or watching TV.  | Source: WMBF News Nearly 75 percent of kids are spending more than the recommended amount in front of the computer or watching TV. | Source: WMBF News

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If you think your kids spend too much time watching TV,  the computer or on the phone, you're not alone. This is a big issue, and recent data which shows, it's only getting worse.

Kids should spend two hours or less in front of the screen, but new data from the CDC shows 73 percent of kids are spending more than the recommended amount in front of the computer or watching TV. This is considered excessive screen time.

Jessica Pickett said in the summer, her two boys, sit in front of their screens about eights hours a day. This is a growing and concerning issue for parents nationwide. Almost all kids ages 12-15 reported watching TV every day, more than 90 percent also sit on the computer. With technology today, this probably comes as no surprise. The surprise is, this study doesn't even include the use of smart phones, but for working parents, its hard to keep an eye on her kids and take their eyes from their devices.

"I want them to have those things in case of an emergency, if they were to need their cell phone or something to be able to call somebody if there was an emergency, but then I feel like it could cause a lot of health problems," Pickett said.

Watching too much TV and sitting at the computer doesn't just take up time it takes a toll on health, and a new study backs up the claim. Our kids are spending too much time in front of the screen.

The CDC found, excessive screen time, can lead to obesity. In fact, only 20 percent of obese kids were limiting TV and computers to the recommended two hours a day. That's not all, we're talking, higher blood pressure, cholesterol, attention problems, sleep loss and issues in school.

During the summer kids have more time to make matters worse, so get your kids up and active. Check out a program, like "Core Kids," at Core Fitness, focused on making a change. Trainers say its never too late to get a child started in fitness but the earlier, the better.

"Most people are creatures of habit so if you get into a good habit from the start its easy to keep that habit going," said Steve Money, Certified Personal Trainer at Core Fitness. "If you don't enjoy it as a child its gonna be hard to make yourself enjoy it as you get older," he added.

Time spent in front of a screen doesn't just impact physical health, but social health as well. Health experts say hiding behind a screen, especially when it comes to social media and texting, is taking away from face to face relationships.

For more details about the "Core Kids," program go to gotcore.com.

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