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Benefits of Reducing Screen Time For Children

Michelle Mirizzi • MS, Registered Dietitian • Apr 15, 2012

There has been a great deal of interest on the benefits on reducing screen time in children.  Partly fueled by the rise in childhood obesity.


Here are some of the benefits of turning off the TV or reducing screen time

  • Reducing screen time can help prevent childhood obesity. *
  • Children who spend less time watching television in early years tendto do better in school, have a healthier diet, be more physically active, and are better able to engage in schoolwork in later elementary school. *
  • Television viewing at a young age is associated with later behavioral problems, but not if heavy viewing is discontinued before age 6.*
  • Limiting exposure to television during the first 4 years of life may decrease children’s interest in it in later years.*








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Written by Michelle MirizziWritten on Apr 15, 2012Last updated on Oct 18, 2013




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