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Obesity Blame Game: Is Weekend TV the Culprit?

Early Childhood TV and Parents' TV Habits Linked to Obesity

Parenting Risk Factors continued...

The researchers identified five parent "risk factors" linked to their daughters' increased TV watching:

  • Mothers watching lots of TV every day
  • Fathers watching lots of TV every day
  • Depending on TV as a leisure activity
  • Watching TV together as a family
  • Parents not restricting their children's TV viewing

The more of these "risk factors" a family had, the more likely it was that a girl watched too much TV. Girls whose families had all five risk factors were 10 times more likely to watch too much TV.

"Parents must serve as role models and create environments that allow and encourage their children to engage in alternate activities," Davison and colleagues write. "Reducing their children's TV viewing will require that parents turn off the TV, limit their children's access to TV in the home, adopt new hobbies that require activity, and find or create outdoor settings that will support their and their children's engagement in creative and non-TV-related activities."

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