Is too much Screen Time affecting your Child's Weight?
Many studies have shown that the more TV children watch (or the more screen time in general), the more likely they are to gain too much weight.
Why is this?
Well, firstly watching TV is a sedentary activity. It often takes the place of more active pursuits.
The advertisments shown during children's TV programs generally promote foods & drinks of poor nutritional quality (for example, high sugar sodas or breakfast cereals).
While watching TV, mindless snacking can often occur!
A TV set in a child's bedroom (or even watching TV too late) can affect sleep. Studies have shown that children who have a TV in their bedroom are more likely to gain excess weight than those children who don't.
So, what are the recommendations?
Limit screen time to maximum 2 hours per day, as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They also recommend no screen time for children under the age of 2.
Turn off the TV while eating.
Remove the TV (or computer etc) from your childs room. Keep it as a place of rest & relaxation!
Encourage lots of outdoor activities in place of TV time! Children require a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day to be healthy. Make it a family affair!