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TV and Video Games Can Lead to Weaker Bones

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  • Among boys aged 15 to 19 years old, the longer the time spent in front of screens, the lower their bone mineral density measured
  • Excessive use of electronics takes away many opportunities to engage in weight-bearing activities, which is key for building strong bones
  • Peak bone mass achieved during childhood and adolescence is one of the major factors that can either contribute to, or help prevent, osteoporosis later in life

By Dr. Mercola

Teenage boys who spend too much time playing video games, watching movies, and surfing the Web could be putting their bone health at risk. It should come as no surprise that good bone health in your later years begins in your youth, during your childhood and adolescence, as this is when skeletal growth is at its peak.

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