Watching TV Raises Chances Of ADD And Overeating In Children
According to research carried out at the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, television has a negative impact on the health of children. The study found that every hour of television which a kid watches raises his or her risk of getting attention deficit disorder (ADD).
And this study, apparently, is not alone in revealing such findings.
Why the TV-ADD link? Possibilities include the fact that children get used to a higher level of stimulation on TV than in actual real life. Further, children’s programs tend to change images very rapidly, and this affects children’s ability to cope with school and homework, concentrating, reading, as well as life in general.
Other recent studies have linked increased time spent watching television with poorer academic results.
But the negative impact starts even younger. In 1996, a study revealed that exposure to TV caused delayed acquisition in toddlers. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children under two years old be totally kept away from the TV.
Further, a 2008 study conducted at the University of Toronto in Canada revealed that children who watched TV while having their lunch consumed 228 more calories than kids who had their meal without the TV turned on. Harvey Anderson from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the study, felt that watching TV during meals contributed to mindless eating. By watching TV while eating, a person, whether a kid or an adult, would be less likely to realize he or she is already full and instead carry on eating.
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