A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that extensive video game and television usage by children may lead to abnormally low levels of vitamin D.
The Washington Post reports that a lack of vitamin D may lead to bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. Low vitamin D affects roughly 70% of Americans aged 1-21, with about 9% having a level so low that it is considered deficient.
Researcher Micha Melamed of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York commented on the findings:
It's astounding. At first, we couldn't believe the numbers. I think it's very worrisome. This appears to be another result of our unhealthy lifestyles, including a sedentary society that doesn't go out in the sun much.