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.