April 26, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Children who watched at least one hour of television per day were significantly more likely to be overweight vs. children who watched 30 minutes or less, according to data presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting.
Mark D. DeBoer, MD, MSc, MCR, of the University of Virginia, and colleagues assessed data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey for 11,113 children in kindergarten during the 2011 to 2012 school year. Parents reported lifestyle factors that may affect children’s educational performance, including number of hours of television watched per weekday and weekend day and how often children used computers. Children’s height and weight were also measured. Researchers conducted follow-up one year later for 10,853 of initial study participants.