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Another Reason Not To Have A TV In The Bedroom

How times have changed. An American family watching TV in 1958. Now, 40 per cent of American children have TVs in their bedrooms by the age of six.

How times have changed; an American family watching TV in 1958. Now, 40 per cent of American children have TVs in their bedrooms by the age of six.

We’ve known for a long time that obesity is one of the greatest health risks confronting Americans. We also know that the challenge for many people starts early. In fact, children between the ages of 3 to 5 who are overweight or obese are five times more likely to be overweight or obese as adults.

And now there’s new research out today that adds to our understanding about one risk factor for childhood obesity: having a television in the bedroom.

Guests

Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog.

Diane Gilbert-Diamond, assistant professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth and the lead author of a new study on childhood obesity and television, published today in JAMA Pediatrics.


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