Interesting Fact - Health

Over the last 50 years short-sightedness amongst children in the UK has doubled.


( In the 1960s just 10% of British 12 and 13-year-olds had myopia, today that is 23%.

Experts are blaming this increase on our increasingly indoor lifestyles and use of computers. 

 And it's not just happening in the UK, in the US in the 1970s 25% of children were diagnosed myopic, by the year 2000 this had risen to over 40%.  In China The journal Nature reported that around 90% of China's teenage and young adult population are short-sighted, up from 10 to 20% of the total population 60 years ago. One Chinese city is so worried, they are experimenting with transparent classrooms to expose children to more sunlight.

How about giving them more time and space to play outside?)

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