One hour of television per day may increase obesity risk in kids

Newsweek reports that research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting indicated “that kindergartners and first graders who watched as little as one hour of television per day were at least 50 percent more likely to be overweight, compared to tykes who watched less than an hour.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that investigators also found that “kids who spent at least an hour each day in front of the” television “were … 72% more likely to be obese.”

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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