Karachi - Children should not watch TV more than two hours a day as it could get them fat, say experts.
Researchers from University of Montreal, Canada, found that every extra weekly hour watched could add half a millimetre to kids’ waist circumference and reduce muscle fitness, BBC health reported.
Children who increase the number of hours of weekly television they watch between the ages of two and four years old risk larger waistlines by age 10.
The study tracked the TV habits of 1,314 children. Experts say children should not watch more than two hours of TV a day. Researchers found that the average amount of television watched by the children at the start of the study was 8.8 hours a week. This increased on average by six hours over the next two years to reach 14.8 hours a week by the age of four-and-a-half. Watching more television displaces other forms of educational and active leisurely pursuits. Fifteen per cent of the children in the study were watching more than 18 hours per week by that age, according to their parents. The study said the effect of 18 hours of television at 4.5 years of age would by the age of 10 result in an extra 7.6mm of waist because of the child’s TV habit. As well as measuring waist circumference, the researchers also carried out a standing long jump test to measure each child’s muscular fitness and athletic ability.