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Is TV Killing Your Kids?

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Posted April 22, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Guess what week it is, kiddies?

National Videogame Week? Nooooo…

Raise Awareness For Retards Week? Noooooo…..

How about TV Turnoff Week?

Yup.

It seems the National Institutes of Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is working with the nonprofit Center for Screen Time Awareness to promote this annual seven-day period when American parents are urged to keep children away from TV.

Why, you ask?

Well, it seems that American kids spend too much time watching TV, and not enough time doing physical exercise.  A study shows U.S. children 8 to 18 spend an average of over six hours a day watching TV, playing video games and using computers for recreational purposes.

And the more time kids spend in front of the TV, the more likely they will be fatty fats.

Right now about 12.5 million American children and adolescents fall into that fatty fat category, putting them at increased risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, asthma and other problems down the road.

So get out in front of that TV, kiddies and go do other things…like play videogames, use your computer, rock Guitar Hero, or watch Video on Demand (hey, that’s not real TV!).

NYdailynews.com: It's Turnoff Week, but the trouble is not in your TV set

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