Obesity and low vision as a result of excessive Internet use and television viewing

Bener A. , AL-MAHDI H. S. , ALI A. I. , AL-NUFAL M., VACHHANI P. J. , Tewfik I.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCES AND NUTRITION, cilt.62, sa.1, ss.60-62, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 62 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3109/09637486.2010.495711
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.60-62


The technological age has resulted in children spending prolonged hours in front of television (TV) and computer screens (on the internet). The aim of this prospective cross-sectional study is to determine the effect of this phenomenon on both childhood obesity and low vision in the State of Qatar. A total of 3000 school students aged 6 to 18 years were approached from September 2009 to March 2010 and 2467 (82.2%) students agreed to participate. Face-to-face interviews based on a designed questionnaire were conducted. The highest proportion of obese children were aged between 15-18 years (9.4%; p < 0.001); spent >= 3 hours on the internet (5.6%; p < 0.001), and spent between 5-7 hours or less sleeping (4.1%; p < 0.001). Forty-six (1.9%) children spent >= 3 hours/day on the internet, and were either overweight/obese and had low vision. The study findings confirmed a positive association between obesity and low vision as a result of excessive time spent on the TV view and internet use.