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  • Every extra hour of TV watching is associated with an extra 2.2 lbs of fat in Preschool children

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    Thursday, April 02, 2009 2:59 pm Email this article
    Every extra hour of TV watching is associated with an extra 2.2 lbs of body fat in Preschool children according to a new study from researchers at University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

    Although TV viewing was associated with less physical activity, the increase in fatness seemed to be due to an increase in food intake.

    They noted that several studies have found that “a considerable proportion of a child’s daily energy intake is consumed while watching TV, especially on weekends, and children who watch more TV eat less fruit and vegetables and consume more energy-dense snacks.”


    Jackson D, Djafarian K, Stewart J, Speakman J. Increased television viewing is associated with elevated body fatness but not with lower total energy expenditure in children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Apr, 89(4):1031-36.


    Diane M. Jackson
    Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
    Aberdeen University
    Greenburn Road
    Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9SB, Scotland
    United Kingdom.
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