More TV Makes Kids Less Sporty   



More TV Makes Kids Less Sporty

 

Too much TV may do more than interfere with a child’s grades, it also might affect his or her athletic development – a potential problem for those parents who dream of raising the next Michael Phelps or Serena Williams.

A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity is believed to be the first to document the relationship between how much TV screen time a child logs and later explosive leg strength — a key indicator of athletic prowess.

The other key finding, while significant, is perhaps less surprising: Kids who watch more TV early in life were likely to have wider waist measurements down the road, an indication that the lack of activity was putting young children on a path toward obesity.

“Watching more television in early childhood forecasted lesser performance on a test of explosive muscular strength in later childhood …. This suggests that for some children, excessive television exposure was associated with the experience of a substantial level of impairment,” the study found.

Lead researcher, a post-doctoral researcher at New York University, joined researchers at the University of Montreal in studying 1,314 children in Quebec. Parents participating in the study were asked how much time their children spent watching television at ages 29 months and 53 months.

The study is the latest to suggest that parents who want to raise healthy kids need to slash their screen time.

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