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Obesity, Hour of TV Linked, Says Study of Kids and Viewing Habits

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 10:23 AM

Children who watch more than an hour of TV a day are 52 percent more likely to suffer from obesity, according to a new study released Sunday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the research was based on the examination of 12,650 kindergarteners who enrolled in a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2011. After researchers calculated the body mass index of each student, their parents were asked about their television habits.

Researchers followed up with 10,853 of the children a year later, calculating their body mass index again and updating their viewing habits.

"Children watching one to two hours were heavier than those watching less than one hour, and were almost as heavy as those watching greater than two hours daily," Mark DeBoer, the study's author from the University of Virginia, told Newsweek magazine.

"Based on the results of our study, we would recommend no more than one hour of TV daily," he continued. "We recommend that parents place limits on how much TV their children watch and replace viewing time with opportunities for physical activity and educational activities."

DeBoer presented his findings this week at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego.

He told Newsweek that he thinks the American Academy of Pediatrics' current guideline — which limits children to two hours of television per day — is still too much. The Times said that the children involved in the study watched an average 3.3 hours of television a day.

According to PBS, the link between children and television was brought up in 2006, suggesting that the marketing of unhealthy foods on television could contribute to obesity. The link was first suggested when the Institute of Medicine released its report titled "Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?"

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