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Limited TV, Adequate Sleep And Family Meals Help Lower Childhood Obesity

February 8, 2010: 07:21 AM EST
Preschool-aged kids are likely to have a lower risk for obesity if they follow one or more of three household routines: eating dinner as a family five nights a week, getting 10.5 hours of sleep a night and watching less than two hours of TV a day, according to a U.S. study of American four-year-olds. Those who lived in homes with all three routines had an almost 40 percent lower prevalence of obesity. Only 14.3 percent of the kids in the three-routine homes were obese, compared to 24.5 percent of the kids in households who followed none of the routines.
Sarah E. Anderson, PhD, Robert C. Whitaker, MD, MPH , "Household Routines and Obesity in US Preschool-Aged Children", Pediatrics, February 08, 2010, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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