Eating while watching TV linked with overweight and obesity in children

A review paper published in this month’s Obesity Reviews journal reports that eating while watching television may be a risk factor for being overweight or obese in childhood and adolescence.

The review included 20 papers with data from a number of countries including European countries. Data for over 80,000 children and adolescents were included. Main findings from the review include:

  • 75% of studies found positive associations between TV viewing while eating meals and overweight and obesity
  • This association was found to be true for boys and girls and for when children were eating dinner but not when eating other meals

For more information take a look at our tips for reducing screen time.


Posted: 09/02/2018 11:40:50 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Screen time, TV, Weight


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