You’ve Been a Good Kid, Now Go To Your Room and Don’t Watch TV

A new study finds that more TV usually means a greater body mass index, less sleep, and obese or overweight kids.

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The link between bedroom TVs and overweight kids

The study of over 6000 school kids published in March 2014 in JAMA Pediatrics found that in kids aged 10-14, over the course of a year, those with TVs in their rooms experienced an increase in their BMI compared to kids without bedroom TVs. The effect, says the study, could be a combination of low levels of physical activity combined with a lack of sleep. And this non-scientific meta-analysis from PBSParents seems to support the idea that starting as early as age 2, too much TV may contribute to obesity and interfere with the development of healthy little minds and bodies.

BUT… certain kinds of programming and “TV rules” buck that trend. Educational programming AND watching those shows with your kids seemed to have a generally positive effect.

Something to think about when setting up the playroom at your fitness facility.

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Don Muchow - Radial

Content & Media Director at The Radial Group
Deeply experienced in building user communities around healthy lifestyles, I've led hundreds of strategic content projects helping clients establish market leadership, brand awareness and social reach. My own experience as a Type 1 diabetic ultra-endurance athlete has given me unique insights into the benefits and obstacles that often accompany individual wellness journeys.

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