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Impact of Excessive Watching Television on Health and Nutritional Status among Suburban Children

Author Affiliations

  • 1Lt. Lucknow University, Lucknow, U.P., INDIA
  • 2Lucknow University, Lucknow, U.P., INDIA
  • 3Medicine Deptt. K.G.M.U., Lucknow, U.P., INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 2, Issue (9), Pages 1-4, October,27 (2014)


The growing children age is crucial to the development of child’s body, brain, in respect of educational and psychological development. Their negative influences can have lifelong health effects. Excessive television viewing among young children has been linked to negative impacts on early child brain development and life-long physical health. On the other hand, repeated exposure to television can affect a child’s mental and emotional development that often takes place of interactive experiences (for eg. play) that promotes healthy brain development. Increased exposure to advertisements for high fat and sugar containing food leading to poor food choices. It was established that on an average approximate 20,000 commercials in each year a child is viewing. It was many times hypothesized that increased television viewing during meals is associated with an increased consumption of food high in fat and sugar and a decreased consumption of fruits, vegetables and milk that affecting child’s health and nutritional status. It was also hypothesized many times that television viewing is associated with increased consumption of snacks that have negative impact on health and nutrition on children The main objectives of the paper to find status of excessive watching television impact on health and nutrition among children of suburban town. The paper was prepared at Deva Sub-urban town of Barabanki district state Uttar Pradesh (India). A-100 families purposively selected that having the children 3-12 years of age. Their recorded views in face to face situation through interview schedule method. The parameter used RDA and RDI, weight and height etc. The main findings of the paper were; the most-liked TV programme; 39% cartoon film followed by 34% film show, 10% educational programme, 9% social serials, 5% others and least 3% news. The time spent on programmes was approx. 8 hours-39%, 6 hours-23%, 4 hours 14%, and 2 hours and less than two hours: 24%. The obesity status- 38% overweight or obese; 42% healthy and rest 20% underweight. The intake of snacks and meal during watching TV was observed among 62% subjects not taking healthy food, only 38% subjects intake healthy food. The liking of food; fast and junk food; 68%, milk 10% and rest 22% other food items. Therefore, it was observed that approx. 68% subjects were found unbalanced and unhealthy nutritional status that were watching excessive television programmes.


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