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Technological and electronic communication device addiction and its associated physical and psychosocial comorbidity among obese and overweight children aged 10 to 14 years, who attend the nutrition clinic at Colombo North Teaching Hospital

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Denipitiyage Thanura Udayanga Denipitiya ,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka,, LK
About Denipitiyage
Senior Registrar in Paediatrics, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka, 
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Mary Antonette Manel Fernando,

Private Sector, Negombo, Sri Lanka, LK
About Mary
Consultant Paediatrician, Private Sector, Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Pujitha Wickramasinghe

Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, LK
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Senior Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Abstract

Background: Addiction to technological and electronic communication devices is the emerging trend among adolescents. Studies reveal a relationship between such addiction and obesity leading to physical and psychosocial morbidity.

Objectives: To assess the addiction to technological and electronic communication device and its associated physical and psychosocial comorbidity among 10 to 14 year old obese and overweight children attending the nutrition clinic at Colombo North Teaching Hospital.

Method: A clinic based cross sectional descriptive study was conducted among 406 overweight and obese children who attended the nutrition clinic at Colombo North Teaching Hospital, using an interviewer administered questionnaire.

Results: Prevalence of technological and electronic communication device addiction among the overweight and obese adolescent population in 10-14 years was 41.4%. Cartoon was the highest addicted programme among television (TV) addicted group at 65.6%, whereas games were the most interested programme in non-TV addicted group which was 73.3%. Education of the carer, employment status of the carer, place of device usage and number of hours spent in outdoor activities had affected the screen time and technology addiction significantly (p<0.05). Several physical and psychosocial morbidities were identified in a significant association to the technology addiction in obese and overweight adolescents (p<0.05).  

Conclusions: Technological and electronic communication device addiction has adversely affected the behavioural and physical health of obese and overweight adolescents in addition to  metabolic derangements, augmented by many other factors.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2020; 49(4): 375-382

How to Cite: Denipitiya, D.T.U., Fernando, M.A.M. and Wickramasinghe, P., 2020. Technological and electronic communication device addiction and its associated physical and psychosocial comorbidity among obese and overweight children aged 10 to 14 years, who attend the nutrition clinic at Colombo North Teaching Hospital. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 49(4), pp.375–382. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v49i4.9270
Published on 05 Dec 2020.
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