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TVs in Kids' Rooms Linked to Obesity and Unhealthy Lifestyles

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  • 57 percent of children surveyed who had a TV, DVD player, computer or video games in their room use the devices when they’re supposed to be sleeping.
  • Kids who used electronic devices at bedtime were nearly 1.5 times more likely to be overweight. Among those who had three or more such devices in their bedroom (such as a TV, computer and video games), the risk jumped to over 2.5 times.
  • Getting just one extra hour of sleep a night was linked to a 28 percent lower risk of being overweight and a 30 percent lower risk of being obese.
  • There are at least 15 negative health effects linked to television watching, which occur regardless of the show’s content.
  • Get the TV, computer, video games and cell phone out of your child’s bedroom, and limit their screen time during the day. Your child may protest, but this is a simple change that can help to protect, and even improve, their health.

By Dr. Mercola

Putting a television in your child's bedroom may seem like a special treat, but it's one that could be setting them up for a lifetime of poor sleep habits, and by association, obesity.

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