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TV snacking can be contributing to childhood obesity- obesity prevention tips

Posted on Mar 02, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

A new study conducted by Dr. Diane Jackson from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health showed that children, ages 2-6 who spend more time in front of the TV tend to be heavier. The study followed 89 children between the ages of 2-6 years old found:

  • kids just spending one hour in front of the TV longer tended to have 2 pounds more body fat
But the reason is not what you might think. It was not because of being inactive. The researchers believe the reason is because these kids were either:
  • snacking on unhealthy foods (high fat, high sugar foods) while watching TV
  • seemed to be more stimulated to eat while watching TV
This is something parents need to pay attention to. Are your kids snacking in front of the TV? Mindless eating, TV eating or TV stimulated eating, doesn't matter what fancy term we give it. The message is still the same.Remembering these simple TV rules could make a difference in the amount of calories your child is consuming.
  • No TV during mealtimes
  • No snacking in front of the TV
Hard to break the habit. Well how about some baby steps then:
  • Snacking is limited in front of the TV.
  • No bags, boxes or huge bowls. Just one serving is allowed in front of the TV
  • Healthy snacks only if snacking in front of the TV

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1 Comment

Kirsten Hill
Friday, Mar 20, 2009 @ 12:16 PM

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