When Teens Focus on TV, Obesity Risk Rises
It's not how much time teens spend watching TV but how intensely they watch that adds on the pounds, new research suggests. The study could only point to a correlation between TV viewing and weight gain in kids; it was not designed to prove cause-and-effect. But one expert agreed that the intensity with which kids watch TV might be key to weight gain. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute, advises parents to put their children on a “media diet.”
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