Nighttime TV Could Be Making Your Child Overweight

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Kids who have a TV in their bedroom are more likely to become overweight.

A new study has found a clear link between children who have a television in their bedroom at age seven and who become overweight later in childhood. The University College London researchers studied data on over 12-thousand children and found that watching TV in bed encourages unobserved snacking and exposes kids to junk food commercials.

The kids may also not sleep as well after watching adult programs, which is linked to putting on weight. The study found that girls who had a TV in their bedroom at age seven were 30-percent more likely to be overweight by age eleven. Boys were 20-percent more likely to become overweight.

One tip for parents: if you’re concerned about your child’s weight, pull the TV from their room.

Source: Evening Standard

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