A person's fitness and risk of obesity could be directly linked with his TV viewing habit as a child, a new study by Canadian researchers reveals.
In the study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers at University of Montreal found that the number of hours a kid spends in front of TV is directly linked with the size of his waist.
The researchers said that every hour that kids spend in front of TV in a week negatively affects their long jump performance by the time they turn 8 years old while every extra hour in front of TV when they are 2-4 years of age increases their waist circumference by half a millimeter.
"The bottom line is that watching too much television - beyond recommended amounts - is not good. These findings support clinical suspicions that more screen time in general contributes to the rise in excess weight in our population", lead researcher Dr Linda Pagani said.