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Television and Obesity

A more recent study found that children who watch more than three hours of television a day are 50 percent more likely to be obese than kids who watch fewer than two hours. These researchers conclude that ''more than 60 percent of overweight incidents can be linked to excess TV viewing'' (Tremblay, 2003). Obesity puts children at risk for a variety of health problems. Type || diabetes, or adult onset, is closely connected to weight. One study found that rates of this disease in children quadrupled, rising from 4 percent in 1982, to 16 percent by 1994 (Squires, 1998).

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