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Totally Tubular: How Television Is Affecting The Health Of Our Kids

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Today’s couples and families are all about modern marriage, and that means a host of modern technology.

And, one of the biggest (figuratively and literally) items topping the list (just as Ron) is a HD Plasma TV that promises “enormous” fun for the whole family.

However, bigger isn’t always better. At least not according to the experts. In fact, many suggest that home entertainment is taking a (negative) toll on our children, at least for those that make TV their primary, if not main source of entertainment.

Research suggests that the more time children (primarily 3-year olds) spend in front of the TV, the worse their diet.

In fact, studies reveal that the link between television and poor eating habits was apparent on a per hour basis, with each additional hour of TV time adding to the indulgence of more sugar, calories, fast food and trans fats, and less consumption of fruits, veggies, calcium and dietary fiber.

Yet, as “disturbing” as this seems, experts note that this “obesity epicemic” hasn’t yet affected all age groups, currently sparing our youngest children. But, they caution against getting these tiny tykes on the same unhealthy pattern.

Experts strongly believe that limiting “screen time” among young children will help foster better habits, include more time to read, be creative, be active, and develop better eating habits.

In fact, a team from the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP), currently suggest that youngsters under 2 not be exposed to any TV, and those over two, be limited to up to two hours per day.


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