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Television's cholesterol connection.

Television's cholesterol connection

New research suggests a link between television viewing and high blood cholesterol levels among children and young adults.

Kurt V. Gold and Thomas K. Hei of the University of California, Irvine, studied 1,066 males and females aged 2 to 20 and discovered that more than half of those who had cholesterol readings of at least 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood -- a level considered high by the American Academy of Pediatrics -- said they watched more than two hours of television daily. Previous studies have shown that elevated cholesterol during youth may lead to clogged arteries and heart disease later in life.

Hei stresss that watching television doesn't cause high cholesterol, but it may indicate a sedentary lifestyle. Kids who habitually watch television, he says, tend to eat more food, especially the fatty "junk" food that elevate blood cholesterol.

He advises pediatricians to ask about children's television viewing habits during routine checkups and to consider ordering cholesterol tests for those with additional cardiac risk factors.
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Title Annotation:link between television viewing and high blood cholesterol
Author:Fackelmann, Kathy A.
Publication:Science News
Date:Nov 24, 1990
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