New research, released in the September/October 2012 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, suggests that excess weight gain among adolescents could be prevented by reducing the amount of television they view.Depends entirely on what one does instead.
The finding came from a team of experts from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health Obesity Prevention Center who conducted a one-year community-based randomized trial that enrolled 153 and 72 adolescents from the same households.
The researchers held 6 face-to-face group meetings, set up 12 home-based activities, and sent monthly newsletters. With each household's permission, the team attached a "TV Allowance" to every television in each house for them to follow for one year.
After recording the amount of TV viewed, diet, and physical activity levels before and after the intervention, results showed that there was a clear association among adolescents between a decrease in TV hours and reduced weight gain over one year. However, TV hours did not have any significant impact on weight gain in adults.
The findings imply that when adolescents watch a great deal of television they have a risk for excess weight gain. In order to help young people maintain a healthy body weight and live a healthy lifestyle, parents should limit their adolescent's television viewing.
You can bet that sitting in front of the computer will do zip.