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  • Children with TV in their bedroom one-third more likely to be overweight

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    Tuesday, September 26, 2006 2:58 am Email this article
    Children with a television in their bedroom are 32 percent more likely to be overweight according to a study from Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA. TV vs No TV

    Overweight among children with or without TV: 27.3% vs 17.7%

    Twenty-seven percent (27.3 percent) of children with a TV in their bedroom were overweight compared to 17.7 percent of children without a TV.

    After adjusting for several factors, the difference was 32 percent.



    Conclusion: A TV in the bedroom is a risk for being overweight independent of other factors

    “Having a TV in the bedroom is a risk factor for child overweight, independent of reported physical activity, participation in team sports, TV or movie watching time and internet use at home,” the authors concluded.


    Adachi-Mejia AM, Longacre M, Gibson JJ, Beach M, Titus-Ernstoff LT, Dalton MA. Children with a tv in their bedroom at higher risk for being overweight. Int J Obes (Lond). 2006 Sep 12.


    Community Health Research Program
    Hood Center for Children and Families
    Dartmouth Medical School
    Lebanon, NH, USA

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