Childrens TV Time

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Too much time in front of the television or computer can result in lower rates of activity for children. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at the link between activity and childrens viewing and computer habits in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children whose parents set limits on television or computer time are more likely to engage in physical activity than youngsters who are not restricted.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children older than 2 be allowed no more than one to two hours of quality entertainment media daily.

Researchers surveyed both parents and children in 5,685 households. The kids were asked about their parents rules regarding watching TV, playing video games or playing computer games and also questions about their physical activity. The children also were asked if they went over the time period allowed by their parents.

More than 27 percent of the children exceeded the recommended limit of screen time.

As children spent more time being physically active, whether on organized sports teams or in free-time play, they were less likely to go over screen time limits.

The odds that children would exceed recommended time in front of the tube decreased as physical activity increased.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.