Mothers’ monitoring of media tied to kids’ weight

May 7, 2014

By Andrew M. Seaman Children whose mothers pay close attention to how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games tend to weigh less, according to a new study. Researchers found that mothers who were more active in their media supervision had children who were thinner at age 7 and who gained less […]

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Screen time again linked to kids’ extra weight

January 8, 2014

Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens – especially TVs – tend to gain more weight as they age, according to a new study. The findings are consistent with research suggesting all that idle sitting and exposure to advertisements may fuel poor eating habits… Many parents believe their children are […]

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Study: Screen time contributes to weight gain despite exercise

October 21, 2013

By Susie O’Brien and Katrina Stokes Even a large amount of exercise does not cancel out “bum time” — periods spent in front of TVs and computers, according to researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast. The study of 144 active children found those who were normal weight spent an average of 140 minutes […]

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More exercise beats less TV for growing healthier kids

May 3, 2013

By Charlene Laino When it comes to improving kids’ heart health, which is more important? Exercising more or sitting around less? The answer, according to a study that tested youngsters in a real-world setting, is exercising more. The researchers studied 536 white children ages 8-10 who had at least one obese biological parent. The goal was […]

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Not all screens are equal when it comes to obesity risk: TV may have greatest effect

April 10, 2013

By Bonnie Rochman Sitting in front of a screen can increase the risk of obesity, but TV seems to have a larger effect on weight than computers or video games. Computers, televisions, smartphones, and tablets are all responsible for keeping more kids more sedentary and mesmerized by a screen, but a new study in Pediatrics found some surprising […]

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Screen time not linked to kids’ physical activity

January 15, 2013

By Genevra Pittman Just four in 10 U.S. kids met dual national guidelines for getting enough physical activity and for limiting “screen time,” researchers found – but the likelihood of kids exercising regularly didn’t depend on whether they kept away from screens. “I don’t think it’s as simple as, if a child is not watching […]

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Study establishes link between screen time and specific measures of physical fitness

July 17, 2012

July 16, 2012, TIME By Alexandra Sifferlin The more TV kids watch in early life, the thicker they get around the waistline and the weaker their muscle strength, a new study finds. It’s no secret that watching TV is linked with some unhealthy outcomes in kids — previous studies have found that children who watch […]

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