In not surprising news, a study by a team at University College London published in the International Journal of Obesity found that children who have TVs in their bedroom by the age of 7 are more likely to be overweight or obese by the age of 11.
The study, which found that girls were 30 percent and boys 20 percent more likely to be overweight if their rooms contained a television, looked at the data on over 12,000 children. Factors for obesity including household income, mother’s education level, time spent breastfeeding, bedtime and physical activity were also taken into consideration. The BMI of each child’s mother was also looked at. All factors were adjusted to complete the study.
Of the 12,556 children who took part in the study, over 50 percent had televisions in their room by age 7. The analysis found that those children were likely to have a higher BMI and fat mass than children who did not have a TV.
The study showed that, in addition to more research needed, the childhood obesity epidemic needs to urgently be tackled. Read more at Newsweek.