Children, TV Viewing and Junkfood

In an article on the Time Healthland website, writer Alice Park looks at a new study that shows TV viewing has a direct correlation to weight issues in children & youth. Some ideas covered are mindless eating, reaching for unhealthy snacks and lack of activity:

Leah Lipsky and Ronal Iannotti, staff scientists at the Eunice Kennedy Shrive National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, report that for every hour of television children watch, they are 8% less likely to eat fruit every day, 18% more likely to eat candy, and 16% more likely to eat fast food. Those results, reported this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, shore up previous studies that have linked TV viewing with unhealthy eating habits among children.

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