Qld kids spend too much time behind screens – at risk of obesity & disease

Too much screen time is placing Queensland kids at a high risk of obesity and chronic disease, a new report has revealed.

The new stats, to be officially released in the upcoming Chief Health Officer’s 2016 Report, revealed that one in three children are sitting at screens for more than the recommended maximum two hours per day.

The report also found more than half of Queensland children aged five to 17 aren’t active every day.


Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said young people were particularly vulnerable to the adverse health effects of sedentary behaviour, in the short and long term.

“The stats show 38 per cent of Queensland kids – more than 300,000 are spending more than two hours on screens for entertainment every day,” Ms Clift said.

“Older children spend more time on screens and only one in five meet the recommended physical activity guidelines by the time they reach age 16 or 17.

“Children aged five to 12 should be encouraged to avoid sedentary behaviour and limit screen time to under two hours daily – engaging in exercise for at least 60 minutes every day.

“Queensland cannot afford to ignore a looming health crisis created by the obesity epidemic – as a community we must find ways to be more active and improve our overall health.”

One in four Queensland children and one in two Queensland adults are currently overweight or obese.

Cancer Council has urged Queenslanders to enjoy screen-free time every day.

“Families can make small changes to cut down on daily screen time – try turning off electronic devices during meal times or cut back to 30 minutes of television a day,” Ms Clift said.