Ch. 11 Will Screen Time Make My Children Fat? Sandra Farrell
Will Screen Time MakeMy Children Fat?
Facts about obesity● Obesity among children has become an epidemic● Almost 19% of kids between 6-11 are considered obese● Children who are overweight at the age of two are more likely to be overweight through childhood and even adulthood
Whats to blame?● Fast food restaurants● Processed food● Oversized portions● Poor sleeping habits● Less outdoor activities● Too much TV or video games
AdvertisementAdvertisement and commercials seem tohave a great affect on children startingat a young age. Children can startrecognizing brand logos at the age of 3.Although TV itself cannot make a childfat, research shows that what childrenwatch (ads for unhealthy food) and wherethey watch it (in their room or at thedinner table) can great influence a childseating habits negatively.
How can we fix it?● Childrens brand such as Disney are starting to associate their characters with healthier choices● When watching tv, have younger children watch networks that dont advertise, PBS and Noggin● Most importantly children need more physical activities