A New Study: Bedroom TVs May Increase the Risk of Obesity in Kids

December 13, 2012 by Kathy Nellor

Timing is everything. Recently several of my co-workers and I were talking about whether or not we have allowed our children to have TVs in their bedrooms. My two boys (ages 11 and 14) do not. When comparing notes with the other parents in the office, I definitely felt like the minority and the “mean” mom. My 11-year old has “TV for my bedroom” on his Christmas list this year and my answer to that request has been “no”, even before reading the following article. My personal reason is I want our evenings to be spent together as a family and not lose them to their bedrooms. We already spend so much time away from each other, why add to that time. I guess call me sentimental.

But now, according to this new study, I have one more reason to continue to say “no” to this request. According to researchers, 70% of kids have a TV in their bedroom, and 1/3 are overweight or obese. The new study will be published in the January issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. If you want to read more details about it sooner – check out this link http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/3347-bedroom-tv-children-obesity-risk.html.

Tags:  childhood obesity, TV time, physical inactivity