You Heard it Here First

By , August 28, 2008 11:20 pm

Hopefully NOT your tax dollars at work.

+++Exercise and limited TV time may keep kids trim +++

New Study – Boys need 13,000 steps per day, girls need 11,000.

Should we issue each child a pedometer? Or simply turn off the TV and send them outside? (Journal of Pediatrics – Text of actual study: Combined Influence of Physical Activity and Screen Time Recommendations on Childhood Overweight.)

+++Just having TV on can distract kids+++

Of course it does. Do these researchers even HAVE kids? (American Behavioral Scientist – Text of actual study: Television and Very Young Children)


However, on a more serious note:

The USA Today TV distraction article says one survey found that 14% of parents say the TV is ALWAYS on in their homes. Also: “recent surveys show that as many as two-thirds of children up to 6 years old live in homes where the TV is on at least half the time, even if no one is watching.”

(Being a nerd, I really like to find the actual sources for what I quote when I put an article in my blog. Since newspapers don’t always give the source, I resort to Google. A quick Google tonight turned up no readily apparent studies for the TV always on or TV on half the time claims. If you know a link to these studies, please let me know via comment or email and I will update the post to include them.)

(Photo thanks to and photographer “cohdra” -Jane M. Sawyer.)

4 Responses to “You Heard it Here First”

  1. shawna says:

    Hmm, I have to say, I particularly liked the part that said,

    “Since the study compared groups of children at one point in time, it does not prove that following exercise and screen-time recommendations keeps children at a healthy weight…”

    So I guess we might as well turn the tv back on and lock kids indoors since common sense cannot be proven through intensive research study.

    As for turning off the TV, I’m enjoying much more quiet time these days now that I don’t count on TV for background noise. But I wonder how fair the study can be, since children are curious and would likely take 90 seconds to look at two people having a conversation behind them or to listen to a distracting song. Such is the nature of curious people!

    Maybe they should turn off the studies and take the kids outside to play :O)

    shawnas last blog post..Love Thursday

  2. Candy Cook says:

    Wow, I don’t think I ever would have figured out that sitting in front of the TV was detrimental to my kids in any way if the Good ole Government hadn’t paid a qualified professional to test it and reveal the shocking results to all of us squirrel-brained parents. *drools a little bit* Duh, George. Thanks Government, you’re always so nice to look out for us complete ignoramuses or is that ignorami?

    How come they waste their time finding out something that’s totally obvious to the rest of us? They think an official result will somehow magically transform parents who didn’t care that TV was making kids fat, lazy and unimaginative into parents who do care and do something about it? There’s a new study for them…. “What difference did their study on TV make in society at all?”

    P.S. sending them outside is also not an option.. what with the dangers of allergies and the sun.

  3. Baba says:

    LOL I totally agree with Candy!

    Babas last blog post..Surprise in the Mail!

  4. Jenny says:

    Good grief. It never ceases to amaze me what bureaucrats can spend such vast amounts of time and money on, when an ounce of common sense can tell you that there’s OBVIOUSLY a link btw. TV time and being active! And I know you didn’t get a source for the USA Today article, but the idea of kids being in a home where the TV is on constantly is more than a little unsettling.

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