It may seem obvious, but a recent report has confirmed that the action of limiting TV time to cut childhood obesity is effective.
Public health experts are recommending that parents cut down screen media time among kids. The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) found in a recent report that there was a relationship between reducing the amount of TV and screen media and lowering kids’ risk of obesity and being overweight. Screen media time is spent in front of a computer, cellphone, or television.
The task force report was based on a past study. Strong evidence is cited in the new report that supports limiting screen time as a means of improving the health and weight of youth.
However, simply reducing screen time is not enough. According to Barry Sears, MD, president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA, parents also need to take other steps to keep children healthy, such as better meal planning and increased interactions with children.