Removing television from children's bedroom is the best way to combat growing obesity rates among them, according to British experts.
According to academics involved in an EC-funded project, nurseries need to ban toddlers from watching programs in a bid to prevent a growing number of children from starting school dangerously overweight, the Daily Mail reported.
Obesity among European pre-schoolers is at record levels, the 'ToyBox' survey found.
"However, there is good evidence linking sedentary behavior, such as television watching, with subsequent obesity."
In Britain, over a fifth are overweight or obese by the time they start school, according to official figures. Academics have found nearly 40 percent of pre-school girls in Spain are now classified as overweight or obese.
The four-year study also found from more than one in eight children being overweight in northern Europe rising to over 25 percent in parts of southern Europe.