Writing for Natural Society, Mike Barrett reminds readers children in America spend approximately 44.5 hours per week watching television and are exposed to up to 3,055 ads per year.
Around 50 percent of the ads are for candy, snacks, sugary cereal, and fast food. Children have an average of 3 snacks in between meals, most of which contain high amounts of sugar. But a poor diet is only part of the issue.
Barrett warns the 44.5 hours of TV and associated advertising is only part of the problem. All the TV watching, time spent on the computer and playing video games, robs children of outdoor time, and time engaged in physical activity, or doing homework and interacting with family members.
About one third of American children are overweight or obese, and 50 percent of overweight children remain overweight even into adulthood.
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