Do you let your child have a television in their bedroom? You might be setting them up for a life of obesity.

New research says that a TV in a kid’s bedroom raises their risk of being obese and doubles their risk of having high levels of fat mass compared to kids without bedroom TVs.

According to Fox News, the study analyzed nearly 400 children between the ages of 5 and 18 and will be published in the January in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. One of the researchers said,

Watching TV in the bedroom may pose extra hazards compared with regular TV viewing. Studies have linked bedroom TVs with reduced amounts of sleep, a factor that itself has been linked to weight gain.

I wonder how they if they account for things like smart phones, tablets and laptops in these studies. Being that kids can watch TV on all of those devices as well.

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