It's the Ads, Stupid: Why TV Leads to Obesity

(Blog Post) How much TV do your kids watch? If you don't know, you might want to find out, say experts, since the time children spend in front of a TV or computer screen can have a profound effect on their physical and developmental health. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kristin Gorski - Jun 27, 2011 - 7:57 AM PDT
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Edited by: Kristin Gorski - Jun 28, 2011 - 7:04 AM PDT
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by Kristin Gorski - Jun. 28, 2011

Reports on a strongly worded "new policy statement" from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) about specific harmful effects of excessive TV viewing by children. Interesting. Would be improved by a link to the AAP statement (I've included it under "Links" for more information) and from context provided by additional experts commenting on the AAP's position. Brief but informative.

Watch the accompanying video, "How food companies disguise kid-focused marketing as online games", located between the post and the comments

“We created a perfect storm between media use, junk and fast food advertising, and physical inactivity,” says Dr. Victor Strasburger, professor of pediatrics at the ... More »

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by Fred Gatlin - Jun. 28, 2011

This article covers the issue well. The headline is not good and the video did not work when I tried it. This story is better than other stories.

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Alexandria Rainey
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by Alexandria Rainey - Apr. 2, 2013

This is a great example of journalism, because it states the facts. Most people don't realize that watching excessive television and eating unhealthy have a negative correlation, especially in children. Kids are being negatively influenced by fast food commercials and quick commercials about the latest candy or pop. This encourages kids to consume all of these fatty foods, and to untimately have an unhealthy lifestyle as an adult. I believe that this article is very insightful, because I learned a lot from it. I never really thought about how television can cause obesity in children. This is a very interesting read, especially for parents, because it gives them important tips to help keep their children healthy while watching tv.

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by Tarria Watley - Apr. 1, 2013

I think this is good journalism. Usually, I would be opposed to articles that are so biased but the author did explore the topic thoroughly. This is information that should be presented to all American and even people who are not. I do not think that television ads can lead to obesity wholly but I do think that it can in a way affect it. The things on television ads do look mighty delicious but it is ultimately up to the person to display will power and not indulge in every food that looks tasteful on the commercial. I especially feel this way about children because they are not able to purchase the things that they see on TV ads it is all up to their parents to get those things for them so that can definitely be controlled in ... More »

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Oliver Ong
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by Oliver Ong - Aug. 29, 2012

I do think that its not the main reason why we have obesity as a problem. We do have the parents and the society that we have to blame for that. Parents who let their kids watch tv all day and don't have time for their kids. And a society that thinks being fat is the worst thing to every happen to a person. So i don't really think its the main reason.

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