Children Watch Television Instead Of Games If Obese Mothers – Part 2 of 3
Mothers with more drilling were less likely to keep the TV on during meals. Obese mothers are more likely to be inactive or suffer from depression. “They are more likely to use the television themselves, so their infants are exposed to more television as well”. Thompson is currently doing a look to see if play and other alternatives can help these moms get their babies away from the television.
Another expert said the study sheds more light on the issue of TV overexposure at such a young age. “This is further data that certain children, particularly vulnerable children, have environments early on that are not conducive to optimizing their mental health,” said Dr Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
That so many kids are watching TV beforehand is “shocking and disconcerting”. He biting out that children this age are awake for only 10 or 12 hours a day, but 40 percent of these kids are spending a third of their waking hours in front of a television. “In many cases they’re strapped in. Early small screen viewing is associated with attention problems and with cognitive delays, and it’s harmful to babies’ brain development”.