At Camp Shane weight loss camps, we are more than just a summer camp to lose weight. Our goal to equip campers with the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle long after they leave camp. Along with nutritional guidance and exciting activities that promote fitness, we teach them to recognize unhealthy behaviors that trigger over eating.
A national survey of more than 12,000 students in grades 5 to 10 has found that television viewing is associated not only with unhealthy snacking while watching, but also with unhealthy eating at all times.
Researchers asked the children how much TV they watched; how often they snacked while watching; how often they ate fruits, vegetables and candy and drank soda; and how often they skipped breakfast.
The survey uncovered a variety of differences by sex, age and race — for example, girls watched slightly less than
But overall, after controlling for other factors, increased viewing time among the children was associated with lower odds of eating fruits and vegetables daily, higher odds of skipping breakfast, consuming candy and sugary soda, and eating in fast-food restaurants. boys, older children ate fast food more often, and white children were more likely to eat fruits and vegetables daily.
Adjusting for snacking while watching TV did not affect these associations, leading the researchers to suggest that broadcast advertising has a strong influence on eating choices even when children are not watching television.
“There is something parents can do,” said Dr. Ronald J. Iannotti, an author of the study. “Limit TV time, and make sure healthy snacks, particularly fruits, are available.” The study appeared in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Source: NYTimes.com, Watching TV Linked to Poor Diet in Students