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NZ: Children’s TV watching and obesity link

An Otago University study suggests that the amount of TV children watch accurately predicts whether they will go on to become overweight by the time they are 26.

Every two years the researchers looked at how much weekday TV children watched between the ages of 5 and 15. They also measured the children’s weight and height to work out the children’s BMI. They found that the 41% who were overweight or obese by the age of 26 were those who had watched the most TV.

Source: BBC News, 13 Sep 2005


Watching television is associated with childhood obesity: but is it clinically important?

Outlines the objectives of the study, who was measured and when, and the results of the study. Concludes that television viewing should be regarded as an important contributing factor to childhood obesity.

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 13 Sep 2005 (Abstract)

Published on September 14, 2005 in New Zealand news