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4 Your Health: Video games don’t harm kids social skills

Playing video games does not harm children’s social skills for the most part.

Researchers in Norway tracked nearly 900 children from the age of six to 12. They found gaming did not affect the social development of boys. But girls who played a lot of video games had weaker social skills over time than those who played less often. The study also found young kids who struggled socially were more likely to play video games as they got older.

Motivation to stop sitting so much

New research suggests exercise may cancel out the harm caused by too much sitting.

The Australian study looked at the lifestyle habits of nearly 150,000 middle aged adults. It showed sitting more than six hours a day increased the risk of early death but mostly in those who were not active. Even a little bit of exercise off-set that risk except for people who sat more than eight hours a day.

A great reason to eat breakfast

Eating breakfast may also help you live longer.

That’s according to a new study of 6,000 healthy adults. It found people who never ate breakfast had an 87 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who always ate breakfast.

Researchers said skipping breakfast was linked with higher blood pressure, harmful changes in cholesterol, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.


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