Reducing the time spent by a child on TV and computer, by up to half, decreases food intake and helps lose weight, HealthDay News reports.
This new study offers hope in solving the problem of obesity among children. The state in front of the technician is related to the consumption of junk food or products that are presented in the TV commercials.
Watching cartoons that have built-in commercials for food can increase the choice of the respective products by children and their consumption during favorite shows.
Researchers at Buffalo University at New York State University examined 70 overweight children, ages 4 to 7, who were watching TV or playing games on the computer for at least 14 hours a week.
The researchers installed monitoring devices on each TV and computer that these children used. These devices allowed to reduce the time spent on TV or computer of children by up to 10 percent per week, until a 50% reduction rate was reached.
Each member of the family was given a unique activation code for the computer or TV. In addition, children received different material incentives to spend less time in front of their computer or TV.
The group of researchers found that those children who did not have restrictions on the use of the computer or TV during the study period had a reduction of time of 5.2 hours per week. In contrast, children who had restrictions reduced their time by 17.5 hours per week.
In addition, the children who had restrictions lost much more weight than the rest of the children participating in the study, but the researchers did not find significant differences between the two groups in terms of physical activity.
Researchers at Yale University say about the study that shows the positive side of this mix of threats: recapturing the time spent in front of your computer or TV can help prevent obesity, in addition it can be very important in the structure of a diet.
March 05, 2008