Kids with TVs in bedrooms more likely to be overweight, suggests new study
AFP Relaxnews / 08:24 PM June 07, 2017
Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who don’t have bedroom TVs, according to new research from the United Kingdom.
Led by University College London, the large-scale study looked at 12,556 children in the U.K. using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).
From the sample, over half of the children had a TV in their bedroom at age 7, a finding in line with other recent reports which suggest that children are increasingly using media devices in their bedrooms, including tablets and laptops.
Dr. Anja Heilmann from UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care warned, “Childhood obesity in the UK is a major public health problem. In England, about one third of all 11 year olds are overweight and one in five are obese. Our study shows that there is a clear link between having a TV in the bedroom as a young child and being overweight a few years later.”
“Childhood obesity prevention strategies should consider TVs in children’s bedrooms as a risk factor for obesity,” the doctor explained.
Dr. Heilmann also added that as the use of media devices such as computers, mobile phones and tablets increases with age, further research is now needed among older children and teens. The findings can be found online in the International Journal of Obesity. JB