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Children who have a TV in their bedrooms run a higher risk of obesity, according to new research from the American Academy of Pediatrics. After surveying more than 2,700 parents of young children, they found that children with TV sets in their bedrooms watched almost five hours more TV and videos per week than those without, and were more likely to be overweight.
Parents can now cite scientific research when they say “Because it will make you fat” when their child asks why they can’t watch TV all day, every day during their summer vacation, along with “Because it will make you violent” and the ever popular “Because I said so.” In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age two not watch television at all. Parents of older children should monitor how much and what their children are watching and not be afraid to say when enough is enough.