Children, television and metabolism.
With a lower metabolic rate, children bum fewer calories watching television than they do when doing nothing, and the drop in calorie usage while watching TV is greater for children who are overweight than for normal-weight children.
In Klesges' study, children of normal weight had a metabolic drop 12% below their resting rate while watching a tape of "The Wonder Years;" the drop for obese children was 16% while watching. He stated, "Since we already know that obese kids watch a lot more TV than do normal-weight children, this drop in metabolic rate could be a major contributor to their obesity."
"Children today are watching over three hours of television a day and reading less than five pages a day. That is wrong," President Bush told a GOP dinner in Atlanta referring to the Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress, published in May, 1992:
--62% of the fourth graders surveyed said they spent more than three hours a day in front of the television in 1990, down from 69% in 1988.
--64% of the 8th graders reported watching more than three hours daily, as did 40% of the 12th graders (down from 71% and 49%, respectively).
--One-third of 8th and 12th graders read fewer than five pages a day for school in 1990.
--Information from articles by Jane Brody (;4/5/92) and Tamata Henry (5/28/92), in The Ann Arbor News.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 1992|
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