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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

TV viewing hours predicts child obesity risk

According to new research carried out at Otago University, New Zealand, the amount of TV a child watches can predict whether he or she will become obese or overweight - and the prediction seems to be pretty accurate.

The children in this study were aged 5-15. Over 40% of obese 26-year-olds watched the most television when they were children, say the researchers.

If you want to reduce your child's chances of becoming obese, you should restrict their viewing time to no more than 120 minutes per day, say the researchers.

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