Health Effect to Young Couch Potatoes

According to research, too much TV time may increase kids' consumption of sugary beverages. 


Young couch potatoes may be hurting their health more than they know. ScienceDaily.com reports that kids who spend more time in front of the television are more prone to consuming artificially sweetened beverages.

“The children who watched more TV were more likely to drink these beverages. In fact, each additional hour in front of the TV increased the likelihood of regular consumption by 50 percent. A similar link was found for total screen time,” explains study co-author Stina Olafsdottir.

While one out of seven parents tried to reduce their kids’ exposure to commercials, not everyone can strictly monitor children's viewing and snacking habits. What moms and dads can do is to provide a home where kids have minimal access to unhealthy foods and drinks. Offering healthier choices such as real fruit juices and smoothies may help lessen children’s intake of sugar-sweetened beverages as well. 


4 comments:

GrowingUpMadison said...

How about monitoring TV time and send them outdoors. That's what I do otherwise my own kids would be in front of the TV all day long either watching or video-gaming. Also I have NO soda in my house or candy. The only time candy is allowed in my house is at Halloween. They're only allowed juice with dinner or even lunch and they have to drink water as well. Madison loves water. To be honest I never blame kids, I blame the parents, after all we're responsible for the kids.

Mira Delos Reyes said...

Thank you for sharing your tips. I'll try to have more bonding times with the kids so they may avoid too much Tv. :)

babygatesdown said...

Stopping by from a Blog Hop - I use to worry about too much TV time. I'm now in the "all things in moderation" camp. Between preschool, playing outside, reading and other activities, TV is a daily thing, but in no way the main thing they do.

We also don't keep pop in the house and water down all the juice we give them to help ensure they limit sugar intake. Good luck with your little ones!

Mira Delos Reyes said...

oh thank you for sharing your tip and for dropping by... i really appreciate it.

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