How much TV time do you allow for your kids?

Sep 21, 2010

According to a study by Deakin University, Children aged 10 to 12 years old spend half the amount of time doing moderate physical activity they did when they were five to six and watch an “excessive” three hours of television a day. My first thought… they all need a Springfree™ Trampoline ;)

“Television viewing has been linked to increased risk of overweight and obesity,” said Professor David Crawford, director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research.

He presented the findings of the study, ‘Children Living in Active Neighbourhoods’, at a conference in Sydney called ‘Tackling Childhood Obesity in Australia’.

He said children aged 10 to 12 spent two hours and five minutes a day doing moderate physical activity, half that of five to six-year-olds.

The recommendation for children’s viewing is no more than two hours a day, he said.

If we don’t deal with (childhood) obesity now, they will end up in hospital and it will be a problem for them and a problem for the community. How do you encourage physical activity and discourage TV time?

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