Child Trends: Studies show excessive screen time for kids leads to future health problems

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(FOX NEWS) – Research shows kids between the ages of two and five spend on average 32 hours a week in front of a T.V. Although parents may think it’s convenient to put a television in their child’s room, a new study shows that might not be good for kids’ physical or emotional health in the future.

Scientists studied 1,859 boys and girls. They found kids with T.V’s in their bedrooms at age 4 displayed more unhealthy habits by age 12.

Specifically, preschoolers with T.V’s in their rooms were reported to be more likely to be overweight and eat unhealthy foods. They were also reported to have increased loneliness, sadness, depression, negative self-esteem and aggression.

Experts believe having a T.V in the bedroom may lead to isolation, less physical activity and poor sleeping habits.

Scientists say kids should limit screen time to two hours a day or less. Most kids should get at least a hour of daily moderate to vigorous exercise and 9-11 hours of sleep a night.

Authors of the study say while this research focused only on T.V. watching, it may apply to other forms of screen use like tablets and i-phones.

The average american household has 2.3 televisions.

Jack Keenan

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