Does your toddler have a TV in the bedroom?

TVs make great babysitters, but screen time makes for more obesity.

From a study in Oregon, reported in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), comes info that:

Children with a television in the bedroom (reported by 18.2% of mothers) were significantly more likely to have ≥2 hours of viewing time (34.1%) compared with children without a television in the bedroom (16.3%).

The point out that bad things accompany increased TV watching by toddlers:

Excessive exposure of children to television and videos (viewing time) is associated with impaired childhood development (1) and childhood obesity (2). In 2001, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that children watch no more than 1 to 2 hours of “quality programming” per day, and that televisions be removed from children’s bedrooms (3).

  1. Christakis DA. The effects of infant media usage: what do we know and what should we learn? Acta Pediatrica 2009;98:8–16.
  2. Dennison BA, Erb TA, Jenkins PL. Television viewing and television in bedroom associated with overweight risk among low-income preschool children. Pediatrics 2002;109:1028–35.
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Public Education. Children, adolescents, and television. Pediatrics 2001;107:423–6.

Easy for me to say, but maybe you should not put a TV in the kid’s room…

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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