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TV Linked to Obesity and Depression in Children

Too much TV can cause health related problems

TV Linked to Obesity & Depression

There are drawbacks to our increasing dependence on the boob tube, some of which have been documented via research. Studies show that the more television children watch, the more likely they are to become overweight and to have problems with attention span. And according to a recent study involving adolescents, excessive television viewing can do something else: increase the risk of suffering depression, an all-too-common condition with potentially serious consequences.

According to the study, adolescents who reported “more television use had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily television use.  In addition, those reporting more total media exposure had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily use.”

Interestingly enough, the researchers did not find the same relationship to depression for adolescents who were exposed to videocassettes, computer games, or radio. For parents, that’s an important distinction, because it means that reducing your children’s overall exposure to these items apparently won’t cut it; if they’re spending excessive time watching TV, reducing that time is what needs to happens to reduce your children’s risk of suffering depression.

June 19, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , | 1 Comment