In health news, the amount of television preschoolers watch appears to be a factor in their waist size and athletic abilities by the time they reach fourth grade.
Canadian Researchers asked the parents of more than 1,300 children between two and five about their weekly TV habits. They also measured the kids waists and had them perform a standing long jump in order to assess their muscular fitness level.
They found the kids TV time grew as they aged, and so did their waist lines.
In addition, the kids were not able to jump as far in the long jump as they did at the start of the study.
Although more research is needed, the study authors concluded policy makers should focus on environmental factors linked to childhood obesity.
Findings appear in the “International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics says children over 2 years old should not watch more than 2 hours of TV per day.