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Having a television in his or her bedroom could be increasing your child’s weight.

A survey of more than 6,000 kids aged 10 to 14 showed those with a TV in their bedroom gained more weight than those who didn’t over a four-year time period.

This held true even after the researchers adjusted the results for total TV viewing time.

The individual weight difference was small, but close to 60% of children in that age group reported having a TV in their bedrooms.

“With the high prevalence of bedroom televisions, the effect attributable to this risk factor among U.S. children and adolescents is excess weight of 8.7 million kg/(year),” the researchers concluded.