Childhood television time linked to adult obesity and other health issues: study – CTV

July 26, 2023

Sorry kids, but your parents are right – watching too much TV can be bad for you.

According to a new a study, children who watch more television are also more likely to develop health issues as adults.

“Those who watched the most had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome in adulthood,” lead researcher and physician Dr. Bob Hancox explained in a news release. “More childhood television viewing time was also associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity and lower physical fitness.”

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of three or more conditions such as excess body fat, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels. Together, they greatly increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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