Children Watch Television Instead Of Games If Obese Mothers – Part 1 of 3
Children Watch Television Instead Of Games If Obese Mothers. Many babies assign almost three hours in front of the TV each day, a new scrutiny finds, especially if their mothers are obese and TV addicts themselves, or if the babies are fussy or active. “Mothers are using television as a way to soothe these infants who might be a little bit more difficult to deal with,” said chief study author Amanda Thompson, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. Other studies have shown that TV watching at such an early age can be harmful adding that TV can deferment important developmental milestones.
The report was published online Jan 7, 2013 and in the February print issue of the journal Pediatrics. For the study, Thompson’s band looked at more than 200 pairs of low-income black mothers and babies who took part in a study on obesity risk in infants, for which families were observed in their homes. Researchers found infants as young as 3 months were parked in face of the TV for almost three hours a day.
And 40 percent of infants were exposed to TV at least three hours a day by the time they were 1 year old. Mothers who were obese, who watched a lot of TV and whose youngster was fussy were most likely to put their infants in front of the TV, Thompson’s group found. TV viewing continued through mealtime for many infants, the researchers found.