Life with Leo

March 5, 2008

TVs in Children’s Bedrooms

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — fehlhaber @ 3:55 pm

It’s true. Not only is it true, up to 70% of children have televisions in their bedrooms. Honestly, I had no idea. But, studies have found if the TV viewing is reduced, the kids get thinner (not because they exercise more, but because they eat less).

Do you think they used the decal below to get kids to not watch tv?

Actually, they used a device called TV Allowance.

Limiting TV, Screen Time Curbs Childhood Obesity, Study Finds

By Michelle Fay Cortez

March 3 (Bloomberg) — Limiting the time that young children spend with television and computers shaves calories from their diets and reduces their risk of becoming obese, researchers said.

Investigators attached a $100 electronic device called the TV Allowance to televisions and computers in the homes of 70 volunteer families. The device controls the amount of screen time users have and was programmed to cut the allotment by 10 percent monthly, for several months, for children aged 4 to 7.

Children whose viewing was eventually cut in half ate less, spent less time on sedentary activities and developed a healthier body mass index, a ratio of height to weight. The reduction in screen time didn’t translate into additional physical activity, providing insight into how sitting in front of a television or computer contributes to obesity in children, the researchers said.

“It looks like screen time is influencing eating more than physical activity,” said Leonard Epstein, a professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “It’s possible that when there is a regular pairing of eating and watching TV, just watching television becomes a cue for eating,” he said. “And television can also be a distraction from how much you are eating.”

More on the study here:

A One-Eyed Invader in the Bedroom (from the New York Times)

Device helps fat kids cut TV time

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