Dr. Hollie Raynor asked parents of 174 children ages two to 12 about their diet and leisure activities. Parents of preschoolers ages two to five reported that their children watched less television, exercised more, and ate more nutritious foods than parents of children ages six to 12 did. However, when the researchers kept track of what the children were actually doing and eating, there was little difference between the two groups.
Children with healthy weight levels watched fewer hours of television than did children who were overweight or who were at risk for developing weight problems.
This study appeared in the Journal of Nutrition.
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