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  Does TV make you fat?
Updated 04 June 2002, 15.37
Children watching TV
Kids with a TV in their bedroom are more likely to be fat, scientists reckon.

The longer children spend watching the box, the more likely they are to be overweight, probably because they don't get much exercise.

And the American research has shown that kids with TVs in their rooms, watch much more TV than those who haven't, the Daily Mail reported.

Obesity

A survey of kids showed the overweight ones watched at least five hours more TV and videos a week than other children.

An overweight family
Parents in America are being advised not to let their kids have a TV in their room, because of the health risks.

But the report says it's not clear why kids with their own TVs are more likely to be fat. "Children with a TV set in their bedroom might watch even more TV than parents are aware, or a TV in the bedroom might be a marker for other behaviours that contribute to child obesity," the report said.

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