Thursday, April 10, 2008

This may surprise you: A TV in the bedroom can be bad for a teenager's health

I'm surprised that someone thought that it was useful to have a study find out that Teens who have TV in their bedroom are less likely to engage in healthy habits:

"University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that older adolescents who have a bedroom television are less likely to engage in healthy activities such as exercising, eating fruits or vegetables, and enjoying family meals. They also consumed larger quantities of sweetened beverages and fast food, were categorized as heavy TV watchers, and read or studied less than teens without TVs in their bedrooms."

I wonder what will be next? Study finds: Exercise is good!

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Marbel said...

As James Taranto (Best of the Web) would say: What would we do without experts?

Sheesh. Was that our tax dollars at work?

momto5minnies said...

ditto on the tax dollars comment.

I'm pretty sure a 4th grader could have done that little survey as a science fair project.

Nodin's Nest said...

what a ridiculous waste of money

Crimson Wife said...

Except sometimes the conventional wisdom on something turns out to be wrong. Remember the whole "margarine is better for you than butter" and "hormone replacement therapy saves women's lives" debacles? Without doing studies on what everyone thought they knew, we never would've found out the truth.