Diabetes Forecast

Take Away the TV to Keep Kids' Weight in Check

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
TV screen with red X in center


Here’s one way to keep your kids from packing on too many pounds: Remove the TV from their bedrooms. Researchers followed 6,522 kids ages 10 to 14 for up to four years. Between the second and final year, the kids who started the study with TVs in their bedrooms experienced increases in their body mass index (a measure that incorporates weight and height) that translated to nearly an extra pound per year compared with kids without bedroom TVs. The weight gain may be a result of more than just extra hours spent watching TV. Studies have shown that kids with bedroom TVs get less sleep, and shorter sleep time is related to weight gain in children.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, published online March 3, 2014



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