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A Culprit in Childhood Obesity?

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:16pm

The AmeriBenefit Plan Reader, published by the AmeriBenefit Plan, Chesterfield, MO recently published an article they titled ” The Bedroom Ban on TVs”.  The text that follows is theirs.

April 23 to 29 is TV Turnoff Week and a good time to examine your family’s viewing habits.

According to the Kaiser Foundation, 68 percent of 8- to 18-year olds have a TV in their bedroom.  Yet multiple studies have shown that having a television in a child’s bedroom can lead to obesity, sleep problems, and poor school performance.

For example, a study by researchers at John Hopkins and Stanford University showed that children with TVs in their bedrooms scored significantly lower on school achievement tests than children without TVs in their bedrooms.

Another study by the American Academy of Pediactrics showed that having a television set in the bedroom directly affected a child’s quality of sleep, and heavy television viewing in any room made it harder for children to fall asleep and to get a full night’s sleep.

And a number of researchers, including those at the Center for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute, have concluded that the more hours children watch television, the more likely they are to be obese.

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