A professor at the University of Minnesota has discovered that teens who watch five or more hours of television a day are more likely to have poor diets as young adults:
- Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson studied 1,366 high school students at age 15 and then again at age 20.
- The study subjects who watched excessive amounts of television as teenagers were more likely to eat more fast foods and snacks and consume sugared sodas as young adults.
- Those who watched less than two hours of television a day as teens were more likely to eat healthy diets, including more fresh fruits and vegetables, as young adults.
This study appeared in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
One way to ensure that young people spend ample time away from the television set is to enroll them in a weight loss camp. Camps such as the weight loss and fitness opportunities by Wellspring Camps teach teens about healthy nutrition while ensuring that they get plenty of exercise in a fun, safe, and highly supportive environment.
Posted By: Jane St. Clair