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09 October 2018

Too much TV at age two makes for less healthy adolescents

This longitudinal study used data from a birth cohort in the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, following children from five months to age 13 yrs to examine the relationship between toddlers’ TV viewing and future adolescent health behaviours. The research found that every hourly increase in toddlers’ TV viewing forecasted less healthy dietary habits, skipping breakfast on school days, a higher body mass index, engaging in more intense screen time, and being less engaged as students at age 13.