Study Shows Health Risks for Kids with TVs in Their Bedrooms

Dec 12, 2012

Kids who have TVs in their bedrooms are twice as likely to be fat and nearly three times as likely to be at risk for heart disease and diabetes as those who don’t, according to a new study that elevates concerns about health and screen time. The report, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, studied 369 children, ages 5 to 18, who have TVs in their rooms and watched more than five hours of television a day.

Those children showed dramatic evidence of extra belly fat, bigger waists, greater risk of heart disease and diabetes and elevated triglycerides, or fat in their bloodstream, said Amanda Staiano, a scientist with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. (Getty Images)

A 2010 study cited by Staiano indicated that 70 percent of American children have a TV in their bedrooms. In the Pennington study, 66 percent of the kids had a TV in their room and the precise relationship between TV and health, as measured by height, weight, waist measurements, blood pressures, fat deposits and other exams, revealed the stark disparity between the groups with and without their own TV. (Read more)