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Heavy use of the internet and watching commercial TV increase desire for junk food

Young children who spend a lot of time online or watching commercial television are much more likely to be obese and ask their parents to buy them junk food, a new survey has found.

Children who use the internet for more than half an hour a day are almost twice as likely as those who do not, to pester their parents for chocolate, crisps, sugary drinks and takeaways, according to research by Cancer Research UK.

Primary school aged children who spend more than three hours a day online are more likely to spend their pocket money on such products than those who are online for less than 30 minutes.


The Guardian

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