Moroccan children spend three hours and 20 minutes watching television daily, according to French audience measurement company MarocMètrie.
Every household in Morocco spends seven hours and six minutes watching television programs. Twenty-eight million Moroccans watch one of the national TV channels, with an average of 2 million viewers per second, and 4.5 million per second during prime time.
Dubbed Turkish soap operas are the most-watched TV programs in Morocco, with some attracting up to 6 million viewers per episode. National TV programs record low numbers, added the report.
International studies show that children and adults who spend long periods of time glued to screens, more than three hours per day according to The Guardian, might have increased chances of gaining weight and being prone to type 2 diabetes.
Children who spend this much time watching TV, videos, or playing computer games may have higher levels of resistance to the hormone insulin than those who only spend an hour or less.
Claire Nightingale, a medical statistician at University of London who co-authored the study, told the British newspaper that “screentime could be capturing something about your behaviours – how much sedentary time you have and how much you break that up [or] what your dietary habits [are], potentially.”
Children all over the world are enjoying greater access to various kinds of screen-based entertainment and more advanced technology devices, which can dramatically increase the risk of obesity and diabetes.