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Television-Watching, Obesity Linked

separator A study of more than 1,000 children has shown a link between the incidence of obesity and how much television the children watched. The study tracked children ages 5 to 15 who were born in New Zealand in 1972 and 1973. Every two years, researchers recorded the children’s body mass index and their television-watching habits.

By the time the participants were 26 ears old, 41 percent of them were overweight or obese, and the rate of obesity was related to the amount of television they watched when they were children. The researchers in the study believed that television watching was an indicator of how much the children ate and how much they exercised.

The researchers also suggest that parents may be able to reduce their children’s risk of obesity by decreasing the amount of television they watch. When kids aren’t watching television, they’re more likely to be doing something more active and perhaps less likely to be eating. They’re also not as exposed to commercials for junk food.

International Journal of Obesity
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