Television Affects Children’s Fitness Level

A study has found that the more television children watch the larger their waistline and the less muscle strength and fitness levels they exhibit.

Researchers from Montreal University surveyed parents asking how many hours their children spent watching television at ages 29 months and 53 months.  They discovered that the more hours children spent in front of a television, the less fit they were by the time they were in grade two and the larger their waistline was by grade four.

The study said that “children who watch more television are more likely to develop poor dietary habits, sleep disturbances, and become obese,” and that television is “a sedentary activity which takes time away from other more physically demanding pursuits”.

It should be noted that both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommend that children avoid all screen time before the age of two.

Source: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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