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Watching TV Gives Children Larger Waistline: How Many Hours of TV Do You Watch Per Day?

mrosen814 2012/07/16 21:00:00
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A new study, featured in BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, reports a child's health is jeopardized and directly related to the number of hours they spend in front of the television.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of two should not exceed more than two hours of television per day. But many parents use TV as an electronic babysitter and greatly exceed the two-hour recommended limit.

The article goes on to report "...the result could predict that those children who spend an excessive amount of time in front of the TV as a child could experience negative health outcomes in their later life due to their larger waistline and lower muscle strength as physical fitness is directly associated with future health and longevity. "

MEDICALNEWSTODAY.COM reports:
An increasing number of parents nowadays use the television as 'electronic babysitter' according to evidence. Some parents tell their children that watching too much TV will make their eyes go square, and although this is not true, does watching too much TV as a child mean they will have a larger waistline?

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  • zionosphere 2012/07/18 06:31:05 (edited)
    < 2 hours
    zionosphere
    +3
    I just want to know how I can get some grant money to conduct this sort of survey. It should be endless, since they make studies of things that anyone's grandparents know.



    Vegetables: Are they good for you? Is too much _____ bad for you? Is riding a bicycle healthier than playing video games and eating cookie dough ice cream? Do contact lenses improve self confidence?



    Wait a year, and we'll see this exact study again, done by yet another group of geniuses.

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  • La 2012/08/13 11:08:35
    < 2 hours
    La
    Zero hours.
  • Skar 2012/07/19 00:28:20
    4-5 hours
    Skar
    I've cut down but still watch too much
  • Josh Robinson 2012/07/18 22:07:56
    < 2 hours
    Josh Robinson
    +1
    I spend a lot of time online though. At least online I am choosing my media not laying victim to it. T.V. is a lousy teacher/friend/mentor... and worst of all it sneaks things into your person that you don't even notice.
  • hasher 2012/07/18 22:00:58
    3-4 hours
    hasher
    no it doesnt at least it didnt do that to my kids they were physically active and watched tv as well and they are skinny as a rail
  • hasher hasher 2012/07/18 22:02:32
    hasher
    these studies are crap i dont believe them half the time.
  • historian 2012/07/18 22:00:08
    < 2 hours
    historian
    I usually don't watch at all, but will occasionally flip on the tube to see what the corporate propaganda is telling people to think. It helps to get a look at the mindset of the tele-zombies whose worldview is created by the fiction on the mind-control box. I also watch Swamp People with some family on occasion. Usually if I turn on the tube it's to watch a DVD late at night.
  • Ozymandias 2012/07/18 20:50:59
  • emoanimegirl1000 2012/07/18 20:29:33
    3-4 hours
    emoanimegirl1000
    +1
    Depends if I am in the mood.
    funny person watching tv
  • Rie~ 2012/07/18 20:25:11
    < 2 hours
    Rie~
  • LdyLeo 2012/07/18 19:13:42
  • friend.wilkins 2012/07/18 17:46:12
    < 2 hours
    friend.wilkins
    +1
    Hell, I don't even watch T.V. anymore! I listen to the radio. That's the great thing about radio, you can take it anywhere, and it doesn't distract you the way T.V. does.
  • TheMayor 2012/07/18 17:08:50
    < 2 hours
    TheMayor
    +1
    ... actually none at all. My girl friend has it on and I get 'secondhand television' and it is still harmful.
  • it'skrissie!d:) 2012/07/18 16:54:54
    < 2 hours
    it'skrissie!d:)
    I don't watch a lot of TV. In fact, the only shows I watch are The Tudors, The Office, Family Guy, and maybe documentaries that interest me like science or history. Other than that...I don't watch it.
  • YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION 2012/07/18 16:28:45
    < 2 hours
    YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION
    +1
    IF THAT...I TEND TO READ MORE.
  • Wooo Uuuut 2012/07/18 16:16:04
  • Watts 2012/07/18 16:01:13
    < 2 hours
    Watts
    +1
    I don't watch TV, I've never owned a TV, I couldn't afford a TV, TV licence & the cost to watch a program. I work long unsociable hours, when I'm not working I don't want to watch a test card, not only that, I have a life, I can't afford much, but I like to go for a walk, run or cycle ride, keep my home clean & tidy, I'd rather listen to the radio & do something not sit in front of a goggle box
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/07/18 15:10:41
    < 2 hours
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    Like.. if I even watch TV in a day, it's only for an hour.
  • Kevin1111 2012/07/18 14:18:38
    < 2 hours
    Kevin1111
    +1
    I don't watch TV. I have better things to do than to waste so much time.
  • Lizzeh 2012/07/18 12:20:52
    < 2 hours
    Lizzeh
    More of a computer person.
  • sglmom 2012/07/18 11:59:28
    < 2 hours
    sglmom
    +1
    So many channels ..
    and hardly anything worth watching ..
    (just the bit of historical for me .. otherwise .. most is just worthless dribble)
  • jc 2012/07/18 11:57:19
    < 2 hours
    jc
    +1
    None! Except during football season.Then it's 8 on sunday.And 3 on Mon night.With an exception of world series and Stanley cup.Watch those too.
  • Aksana 2012/07/18 10:57:01
    < 2 hours
    Aksana
  • Adrian1265 2012/07/18 10:45:31
    < 2 hours
    Adrian1265
    +2
    TV is boring for me :S
  • zionosphere 2012/07/18 06:31:05 (edited)
    < 2 hours
    zionosphere
    +3
    I just want to know how I can get some grant money to conduct this sort of survey. It should be endless, since they make studies of things that anyone's grandparents know.



    Vegetables: Are they good for you? Is too much _____ bad for you? Is riding a bicycle healthier than playing video games and eating cookie dough ice cream? Do contact lenses improve self confidence?



    Wait a year, and we'll see this exact study again, done by yet another group of geniuses.
  • xxx 2012/07/18 06:12:11
    > 5 hours
    xxx
    +1
    The tv is always on. Soon as I get in the house I usually put on the tv and watch something while I'm doing something else. Weekends are my days off from work so I'll usually just lay in bed and watch shows then go out later on. Either way.. the tv is always going
  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/07/18 04:40:15
    < 2 hours
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    +1
    Depends on the day. I NEED to see new episodes of Tosh.0, Workaholics, South Park, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Family Guy, American Dad, and 1000 Ways to Die.
    It just depends how many things are on that day.
  • John Freeman 2012/07/18 04:21:26 (edited)
    < 2 hours
    John Freeman
    +2
    Unless you count going to the theatre once in a while, I never really do watch TV anymore.


    Its good to reduce you exposure to the stuff too, take a look at this vid, the guy is only an actor but he speaks the truth-

  • Amberwolf 17 2012/07/18 04:18:04
    4-5 hours
    Amberwolf 17
    +3
    Either that or I'm playing videogames, or getting on the computer. I'm still very skinny even though I eat a lot as well. According to some studies, I should be extremely fat right now, but I have a high metabolism to thank for that. lol
  • Madi 2012/07/18 04:03:06
    < 2 hours
    Madi
    +2
    Usually none.
  • GlennDiamant 2012/07/18 04:02:03
    3-4 hours
    GlennDiamant
    +1
    You're right. I have an expanded belly, blown up like a balloon.
  • Say_wut_o_O 2012/07/17 23:44:04
    < 2 hours
    Say_wut_o_O
    +1
    I literally never watch TV....I watch movies and tv shows on my computer
  • Eireann Sheridan 2012/07/17 22:59:00
    3-4 hours
    Eireann Sheridan
    +1
    Maybe less. I'd rather read a good book or go for a run but I wont miss Big Brother, Corrie, Eastenders or Glee!
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/07/17 22:57:38
    2-3 hours
    TikkiPurdy
    +1
    I'm reading and writing all day
  • Joyblossom 2012/07/17 22:29:58
    < 2 hours
    Joyblossom
    +1
    I think less people are watching tv and more using the internet. The only use my television has is for gaming.
  • tobe 2012/07/17 22:03:17 (edited)
    < 2 hours
    tobe
    +2
    0-2 hours. I really don't watch 2 hours of tv unless its a movie and I don't get around to sitting down to watch a whole movie most days of the week. Most days I don't turn it on. Last night I watched it for like an hour and I felt like a total couch potato. I have 2 regular shows in the fall and anything else I put on the dvr and get around to it when i get around to it. tonights movie night though. I'm watching the trouble with angels and kicking back. :) trouble with angels
  • Bibliophilic 2012/07/17 21:34:17 (edited)
    > 5 hours
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    I didn't mean to choose that option. I usually watch an hour or nothing. Currently I watch more because I'm trying to finish watching The Walking Dead online. I'd love to not have tv service, and just a screen to watch movies on. Plus all tv shows can be found online now.
  • Russian 2012/07/17 21:11:30
    < 2 hours
    Russian
    +2
    F*ck T.V
    I never watch T.V. I wish T.V never existed.
    fck watch existed
    True story bro!
    http://www.businessblogshub.c...
    It's better for you.
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/07/17 20:59:04
    < 2 hours
    Keegan The Fabulous
    +2
    TV? What TV?

    Oh... that black plastic box collecting dust in the living room, the box that always has those stupid shows running on it.
  • retrograve 2012/07/17 20:51:47
    > 5 hours
    retrograve
  • Mary Ann 2012/07/17 20:30:42
    < 2 hours
    Mary Ann
    +1
    If any at all....I love to read!

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