What are the effects of television on children
When I was 2 years old, my family had the first TV. Since that time, television had become an inseparable thing in my life. In my memory, if I wanted to watch television for a long time, I needed to struggle with parents in many ways. For instance, I remember that my parents only allowed me in front of television for 2 hours per day. So, I would get up in the midnight and watch TV secretly. Although I could only see the image but could not hear the voice, I also felt so satisfied at that time. Also, sometimes I went to my friend’s home in order to watch cartoon . In a word, I tried everything to watch television when I was a child.
According to the latest annual Media in the Home survey, the average child in the United States spends about 25 hours a week in front of the television including the use of VCR, Television brought us will be pleased to see the program, let us see growth, broaden our horizons and enrich our cultural life, modern society is an important media. But because many young people watch TV for a long time, the impact of the study, rest periods, resulting in physical and mental health hazards.
David Isaacs, in his essay “Television and Children,” states that watching too much of television leads to obesity, especially if the time spent watching is not spent exercising. David said “It seems obvious that watching too much television leads to obesity, especially if the time spent watching is not spent exercising. But does increased television viewing cause obesity or do obese children tend to exercise less and watch more television? Snacking on fast foods while watching television complicates attempts to distinguish the chicken from the egg. As Joey Adams said, ‘If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.’ There is evidence that school-based interventions to promote exercise and improve fitness result in both weight reduction and reduced television watching.2 The message is clear: obese children should watch less television, snack less and exercise more. Achieving the behaviour change is the challenge.” ( David, 2011). To be specific, Watching TV is a kind of negative rest, which consumes less energy than take part in outdoor activities. When children sit in front of the television and lack of outdoor activities for a long time, it will reduce energy consumption. Also, television advertising often could promote appetite; children often eat a lot of snacks during watching TV, which will causes excessive heat and thus lead to obesity. According to “ Are Kids Seeing More Fast-Food Ads?” Published on website on November 08,2010 which was written by Maureen Morrison. It shows“A study released today from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity charges that fast-food companies are marketing to youth now more than ever -- increasingly targeting children as young as 2 years old -- using various media, and rarely offer healthy meal choices, despite the abundance of advertising about them. Rudd Center was expected to announce the findings at a press conference Monday morning.The report's authors studied marketing efforts of 12 fast-food chains in the U.S. -- including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's , Subway and Yum Brands' Pizza Hut and KFC. The study said that the fast-food industry spent more than $4.2 billion on marketing and advertising in 2009, according to Nielsen Co., focusing extensively on TV, the internet, social-media sites and mobile applications.” (Maureen, 2010). New Zealand Otego university researchers take a survey between 5 and 15 years old children about the time spend on watching TV. The report published in the “international journal of obesity” mentioned that 41% of respondent who being overweight or obesity is owing to watching too much television. Furthermore, obesity exerts negative impact on children's health. Obesity can cause some serious...
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