Nowadays children are facing long-term health-related problems. The reason is very simple because they are glued to mobiles and in most of the cases they spend time playing games. The gaming fever among kids is a root cause of health-related problems. A boy of ten had come into her surgery with a deformation so severe that at first, she believed it was a tumor, said Jo Begent, a pediatric consultant.
However, in the further examination, it was revealed that the child had developed a dilated bowel because he had stopped himself from going to the toilet so he could carry on gaming. The boy was playing World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and FIFA for eight hours at a time, Dr. Begent said. Dr. Begent, who practices at University College London Hospital, said: 'I was doing my general paediatric clinic one day and a boy walked in, a ten-year-old limping and looking really poorly.
While addressing the annual conference of the NSPCC, Dr Begent said that social media and gaming is affecting the physical and mental health of youngsters. She warned the people in the conference to keep a look on their children because the issue had ‘crept up on us’, with an exponential rise of cases in recent years.
She also emphasised on the point that children should have proper sleep or else their hormones might be affected. In cases of young girls, she said that, ‘Hormonal pubertal development can be affected if they are low weight. And indeed obesity can affect pre-pubescent development as well, if you are very obese you can get polycystic ovaries – that might affect your periods.'