Increased television viewing leads to negative impacts on kids

A recently conducted study has revealed that increased exposure of television among children mainly in the age group of two to five years may lead to several negative consequences. According to www.sciencedaily.com, early exposure of television has been found to be responsible for poor academic performance and unhealthy routinely habits among children. The research study was conducted by a group of researchers from the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, the Université de Montréal and the University of Michigan.

During the study, researchers investigated around 1,314 children and their parents and teachers. Parents were questioned about the time their kids devoted to TV viewing on daily basis while their teachers were told to give a detailed academic report of the children. The body mass index, health habits and the psychological profile of these kids were also checked.

As per www.medicalnewstoday.com, the findings of the study revealed that increased television viewing leads to seven percent fall in the classroom performance, ten percent rise in the rate of being bullied by peers, nine percent rise in the physical activity and five percent increase in the body mass index.

“Our findings make a compelling public health argument against excessive TV viewing in early childhood and for parents to heed guidelines on TV exposure from the American Academy of Pediatrics.” concluded Dr. Linda S. Pagani.

This study suggests excessive TV watching can lead to an increased BMI. Celebrities who have battled weight issues include Kirstie AlleyOprah Winfrey and Sharon Osbourne.

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