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Overweight Children - Is TV to Blame?

Children who watch too much television may be at a higher risk of being overweight, according to a study published in the June 2002 issue of the medical journal Pediatrics.

Researchers surveyed 2,700 low-income families with young children and found that when children have a television set in their bedroom they tend to watch nearly five more hours of TV in a week than peers who do not have televisions in their bedrooms.

They found that these same kids were nearly 40% more likely to be overweight.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should not watch more than 1-2 hours of programming per day and they should not have televisions in their bedrooms.

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