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Children's television and nutrition

Institution: Irish Medical Organization
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The prevalence of overweight children, and hours of television
viewed are positively correlated1,2. Causality may include greater
periods of inactivity and exposure to food advertising and product
placement while watching television. The American Academy of
Pediatrics recommends a maximum of 2 hours of non-educational
television viewing per day for children over 2 years3. However,
recent evidence suggests that children aged 6-11 years watch
24.5 hours of television weekly4. A healthy and balanced diet
provides the recommended amounts of nutrients and other food
components to promote normal growth and development, reduce
chronic disease risk, and foster appropriate energy balance and a
healthy weight trajectory. But the current eating regimes of
children and adolescents differ markedly from recommended
patterns and increase their risks of obesity and poor health5.
Obesity is associated with increased risks of diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, cancer, lower life expectancy and poor
quality of life scores6-8.

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. () Children's television and nutrition [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/884479 [Accessed: 20th November 2019].

  

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