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Just Say No to TV for Tots: Every hour of TV exposure has negative impact on child development

Aug 01, 2010 03:00AM

Families who want kids to grow up thinner and smarter do well to keep them away from the television as toddlers. In a new study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Linda S. Pagani, a professor at the Université de Montréal and researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, concluded: “We found every additional hour of TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and ultimately, a higher body mass index.”.

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