Make parents ration their children’s TV time, says expert

Evening Standard UK 23 Apr 07
The amount of TV children watch should be rationed according to a “recommended daily allowance”, an expert is to tell MPs. Dr Aric Sigman said the Government must take action to cut TV-watching among children as too much increases the risk of health and learning problems. He wants to see parents given recommended daily amount guidelines, much as they are for salt, and said “screen media” was a major issue for public health.Studies have shown excessive TV watching is linked to difficulty in sleeping, behavioural problems and increased obesity in children. One long-term study, published in The Lancet medical journal in 2004, found children who watched more than two hours of television a day between the ages of five and 15 saw their health suffer years later. Experts made the link between childhood viewing and raised cholesterol levels, obesity and smoking in adulthood.