TV viewing and obesity in children and young people

The National Obesity Observatory (NOO) have looked at the evidence around TV viewing and obesity in children and young people. They found that increased TV viewing time among children and young people is associated with a raised likelihood of overweight. This results from a combination of unhealthy dietary habits, sedentary behaviour and exposure to TV advertising. Reducing television time could lead to decreases in BMI.

The findings are similar to those in the National Children’s Food Survey (NCFS) in Republic of Ireland whereby on average, children who were a healthy weight watched 30 minutes less television per day than children who were overweight or obese.

Click here for further information about NOO’s evidence document on television viewing and the National Children’s Food Survey.

 

Posted: 29/06/2012 16:19:25 by Barbara Whelan


 

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