A team of researchers led by Caroline Fitzpatrick from New York University and partnered with researchers at the University of Montreal, found kids who watch too much TV might affect his or her athletic development in later life. Parents who are thinking of raising the next Kobe Bryant could be facing potential problem. Aside too much TV may be harmful to a child's school grades; too much screen time will also be affecting a child’s leg strength. The study is being published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (volume, 2012, 9:87).
Researchers applied data collected from a sample of 1,314 children from the Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. Researchers compiled data from parents and matched number of hours of television viewing. Later researchers reexamined kids’ physical data and compared those data for kids who had watched TV between 29 months to 53 months.
To standardize all tests, researchers measured kids’ muscular fitness by asking them to perform a test called standing long jump (SLJ) and measured their waist lines. Researchers found too much TV linked with weaker kids. The study found that kids who watch too much TV at younger age will likely to have wider waist measurements. This also indicated that lack of activity could have side effects for long run and setting kids on a path toward obesity.