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Big Kids: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Fight Childhood Obesity


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Limit TV Time
Obesity is a growing problem among kids and teens but parents can help by limiting the amount of TV their kids watch.
Obesity is a growing problem among kids and teens but parents can help by limiting the amount of TV their kids watch.
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The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that kids and teens ages 8 to 18 spend, on average, about six hours a day in front of a screen, that's four hours a day watching TV and two hours playing video games or using the computer for non-homework activities.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents limit the amount of time kids and teens spend playing video games, watching TV and using the Internet to two hours or less a day (not counting the time they spend doing homework). The AAP also advises that kids who watch too much television read less, perform worse in school, exercise less and are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids and teens who limit their time spent in front of the TV. A study published in the October 2005 issue of "The Journal of Pediatrics" found that girls ages 9 and 11 with a television watching habit of more than two hours a day were 2.6 times more likely to be overweight than girls who watched TV less than two hours a day.


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