TV watching and teens’ weights seem to go together. Researchers at the University of Minnesota saw indications of that in a year-long study of 153 adults and 72 teens.
The researchers used devices that limited the number of hours a TV was on. Families kept track of how much TV people watched.
Teens who watched less TV wound up with better weights.
Researcher Simone French says this indicates TV could be a way for parents to help to control kids’ weight:
“Especially with young kids, that’s where things are happening, and parents are really the managers of the home environment and set the stage for these behaviors.”Courtesy: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services