Poor Aussie Kids' Watch More TV

by Savitha C Muppala on  April 7, 2010 at 8:16 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Poor Aussie Kids' Watch More TV
A recent research has shown that poor Aussie kids watch an additional 42 minutes of television or spend time in front of games consoles in comparison to their affluent counterparts.

The study demonstrates that the wealthiest 30 percent of Aussie kids spend over 30 minutes a day more than their poorer peers at school, studying, reading, doing homework and music lessons.

Richer children also take 20 minutes more each day doing organised sport, and 10 minutes more having food.

Tim Olds, lead author of the unpublished research paper and a professor at the school of health sciences at the University of South Australia, examined the data from the 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey of nine- to 16-year-olds to come up with the findings.An extra 40 minutes a day is three hours a week, and over the course of schooling is equivalent to a year of full-time work. So it does go some way in explaining educational differences [between wealthier and poorer students]," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Olds, as saying.

He added: "It tells us we need to look at ways in which parents can be helped to get kids away from the screen."

Source: ANI

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