TV Watching May Make Your Kids Fat

Watching television is very common among youth, as is computer use, and both of these are related to childhood obesity. The reason for this relationship seems to be two-fold: watching television not only takes away from time when kids would otherwise be physically active, but they also tend to snack while watching TV. Computer use and eating do not usually occur together, but excessive computer use also absorbs significant time when kids should be physically active.

PositiveTip: Observe when your kids usually watch television and use the computer–then plan a routine where you regularly walk or play with them at that time.