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Horrific facts from the child health crisis.

If you don't think kids are in trouble, check this out. According to the University of Southern California's, the average American child:

* watches 44.5 hours of TV every week
* is exposed to over 30,000 ads per year, half of them for junk food
* eats 3 snacks per day
* eats 34 teaspoons of sugar every day

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Sad but true. Vicious cycle - tv - ads for food.
Dan O
But how can we change this in an advertising-driven economy?
But this is part of the wonderful stuff that the corporations tell us being American is all about.

Yay Free Market, right? :D
But they gotta sell that Sunny D or you'll go to the store and get the purple stuff!
There's nothing wrong with eating 3 snacks a day. I wish they'd expanded that to say "non-nutritious" snacks or something. Snacking is fine - what you're snacking on can be the problem.
I thought being American means more individual freedom and responsibility. My children had not seen a TV ad until they were already ad-resistant.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the children in the US don't actually buy their food themselves. Aren't the parents the problem?
My daughter, almost 11, aired a complaint recently that all ads in kids programming was just bad food and crappy toys. She's also really put off by all the drug ads. Great teaching opportunity: this is why you eat healthy and stay active.
+Mike Elgan 44.5 hours per week? Crap, that's almost 7 hours per day, 7 days per week. My kids don't watch half that, and I feel like they watch too much.

Having said that, my kids are not obese or even overweight. My 8 year old is quite slim - unlike me. That's because I'm a PARENT and I don't give my kids everything they want.
I drove by the local high school last week at lunchtime, and there was a line outside the 7-eleven across the street. Every single day a huge number of students apparently buy their lunch at 7-eleven.
That's why parents are ultimately responsible for raising their kids! I watched TV as a child but I wasn't raised by the TV.
44.5 hours of TV a week?!?
That's over six hours a day for a seven day week.
I think this comes back to parenting, being able to tell your child "No" and having a clue about diet/nutrition and the ways of the universe.

Personally, we allow our kids to watch maybe half that much TV and we're still thinking it's too much.

As far as advertising goes, all Americans are coated in advertising. There is little question that advertising drives the consumerist model -- getting us all to buy things we don't need. Helping children understand this ad motive early will help them negotiate the world better than avoidance of these nuisances. Create a dialogue with your kids to discuss advertising. Many kids are delightfully savvy and can readily discern ads from shows. For those that cannot: you have found a teachable moment.

Finally, refined sugar is the "lead" of the modern society. Coupled with corn syrup derived from GMO corn and the pervasive use of hydrogenated oils, Americans of all ages should make efforts to read labels and eschew foods that are high fat calories, sodium and the aforementioned crap.

Stay healthy!
Such a stark tale of life at a young age....really frightening to think how it is corrupting kid's minds on a weekly basis.
+Mike Elgan Maybe they buy lunch at 7-Eleven because the school food is bad. When I was in high school, they closed the campus and we couldn't leave for lunch. We had to either bring lunch or eat in the cafeteria. Bringing a lunch wasn't a very good idea because our locker space was limited and going back to your locker after class to get your lunch wasted several minutes of the 30 minute lunch period depending on your locker location. The food was bad, but it was all we had at the time. My senior year, things improved a bit with the introduction of a sandwich and salad bar, but those ran out quickly.
+Mike Elgan I think that's more a function of high school kids and the proximity of the 7-Eleven than anything else. High schoolers want to go somewhere close and fast, they want to spend their lunch time hanging out, not getting food and eating it.

When I was in high school over 20 years ago, I ate a Twix bar and a Coke every day for lunch because the lines were too long everywhere. The problem becomes when that's not just lunch, but every meal and snack, and you do it for your entire life, not 4 years.
34 teaspoons of sugar every day ?
Is it possible ??? I guess it is highly exaggerated figure!!!
Do you live in the ghetto sir? Cause that might be why
This can easily be taken care of by parents. Don't have a TV in their room and only limit their TV viewing to pre-recorded shows or DVDs. That is what we do so we are unaffected by these shenanigans.
Who buys the food for the kids?
In the end it will be up to the parents to actually parent and be more informed.

I can tell you that I spend more than 44.5 hours a week actively preventing my two sons from becoming part of these statistics. People tend to forget that their job is what they do to be a good providing. Everything else is what they do to show whether they are a good parent or not.
+Loren Parker Well, I grew up in the sixties, and I was allowed to watch some of my favorite shows during the week (Star Trek, Twilight Zone, and a couple of others) and I would sit in front of the set for a few hours for Saturday morning cartoons. That was it: the rest of the time I spent in school, doing homework ... or outside with my friends. Was I better off? I think so ... but try telling that to a modern teenager who wants his or her big-screen TV, Internet and smartphone.

And you're absolutely right: when it comes to parenting, ignorance is not bliss. Still, it does take a lot of effort to stay informed, make all the right decisions about your kids, and then make them do the right things. And that's when you have two parents in the picture: if you have only one it's that much more difficult.

It's tempting to just trust the talking heads. They wouldn't be allowed to say it if it weren't true, right?
+Mike Elgan I know what you mean re:7-11. They built a new high school up north here, right behind a plaza that includes a Walmart Super-centre with a Tim Hortons and McDonalds in the Walmart, as well as an assortment of other shops. The Walmart is probably a 5 minute walk tops down a sidewalk, with the Walmart clearly visible from the school.

The worst part: The McDonalds has specific 'lunch time' sales aimed towards these high school kids offering cheap[er] 'delicious' meals.
A search reveals, that kids "only" need to drink 3.4 cans of coke a day to reach the average daily intake...

"One can of Coke has 39g of sugar and 1 teaspoon of sugar is the equivalent of 4g of sugar."
Why don't they go out doors? The weather?
+Musanase Ronah Probably a combination of the weather, friends staying indoors, laziness, addiction, and over-protective parents who don't trust the big outdoors.
So hard to control in this digital age and presumably won't become any easier. I can testify having two kids of my own and working hard to ensure they develop healthy lifestyles, starting by understanding the choices they make.
I have a hard time believing that many kids are watching 44.5 hours a week of television. This cannot be an average. Are these kids who are not going to school?
Nobody cares Us Kids Hate People Like You Go Get a Life
+Billy LaRocque There is a simply answer to commercials that I discovered years ago. Kill your cable and use Netflix. If my boys want to watch TV, it is always commercial free.

I love my Netflix. You know, they should market the service like that. "Use Netflix and rot your child's brain less."
My children are lucky if they get to watch 4 hours of television, and that's during the weekend. It's banned throughout the week (right along with video games).
yeah sure blame tv ads, fast food franchises, fatty food, etc....BUT DON"T EVER BLAME THE PARENTS!!!
Thanks. For the first few years of my daughter's life, we didn't even have cable/satellite so I suppose they are just used to it. My step-son is 12 now, and my daughter's 8, and neither seem to mind. Of course, even if they did it would fall upon deaf ears so they know better. lol. If a parent doesn't limit what a child intakes at home (nutritionally and mentally) then they're failing them.
Both are to blame, advertisers as well as the parents. People just need to be more aware of these facts in order to help raise their children in this modern and all to heavily consumptive age.
+Billy LaRocque "And where are the Health Departments? Why don't they step in and ban the sales of junk-foods before obesity sets in?"

Because it's none of their business. People make their own choices and they know what is and isn't healthy. People have overdosed on water before; should we ban that?
My kids a lot TV not 44hrs worth but probably more than they should. However, none of it has ads, and most of it is educational content, which I sit and discuss with them during and after.

As for the snacks, my kids have more than 3 snacks a day, but they are all healthy snacks.

The problem isn't the TV or the snacks, its what you as parents are allowing them to watch and eat.
How odd. I grew up as a child in the decade of the 90's. I didn't have a computer to play on an TV didn't interest me much, although then I mostly just had Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny to watch. I'm not sure if I completely believe that the ads themselves are making children obese, as much as it is that parents just aren't giving them the right portion control for junk food. As a kid I remember watching ads for Trix and other snacks. I was more excited about seeing the funny animated bunny that stole the cereal more than I was to actually see the cereal. Also, as long as the snacks are healthy I see nothing wrong with eating 3 snacks a day. It's actually recommended as part of a child's healthy diet to eat 2 healthy snacks a day.
You know what's strange here. It seems like everyone is responding to this with some kind of sideways political ideology.

Parents should definitely protect their kids from stuff like TV.

Now, that is out of the way. Everyone agrees that parents need to protect their children.


Does anyone feel like it is ok for corporations to prey on unprotected children?

I know that probably sounds like a no-brainer. But with some of the twisted logic arguments flying around on here you would think that people think there should be no law against someone molesting your child because it is up to you to parent your kid.

Advertising works on data. No matter how many of you awesome parents are out there protecting your kid from these corporations and their ads, there is still a large number of the population out there that is not protected from these ads. Now if we are in the business of continuing to worship the 'free market' like it's a damn cult, then I guess someone will step up and talk about how patriotic it is that these corporations have found a new market that they can exploit.

It's not ok that rapists target children. It's not ok that commercials target children. it's not ok that drug dealers target children.

Go ahead and jump up and defend your friend the corporation by saying that advertising is legal and drug dealing is not.

If they made drug dealing legal tomorrow, it would still not be ok for the dealers to target children.
+Tiffany Beavers-Busby That is a shame. Both Television and Video Games are critical tools for learning. The trick is to control what is watched a played.

TV Example - My 5 year old started watching this show called Beakman's World, which is an old science show, about a year ago. The stuff he has learned from that show is shockingly great and most of it applies to real life critical thinking.

Game Example - His favorite game is Star Wars Lego's, which is very complex and filled with a ton of puzzles. It always includes a lot of reading, which I make him read.

He is in kindergarten, which he got into early, and was moved to the 2nd grade math and reading classes. This is directly related to the controlled amount of TV and gaming he does.

Just because a tool can rot your brain, if miss used, does not mean it should be avoided.
It is the advertisers fault, the networks or the parents. Seems to me like the parents are the first line of defense and they are failing their children.
So then +Mike Gabelmann , since in your view it is totally the parents' fault, does that make it totally ok for corporations to use poorly parented children as a viable market?
Has anyone wondered what genetics has to do with this? Maybe half of the kids we're calling obese will never be able to avoid being overweight.
I dont have cable in my house its netflix here. But my kids are only able to watch their kids shows after dinner and during breakfast. Granted the during breakfast shows are dora, backyardagans, barney, gabba gabba, and a disney movie if they have one thats streaming which the list on netflix seems to be getting smaller and smaller which is another story....anyway my kids are 3 and 2. Those shows promote moving and learning without marketing atleast i think so. So these kids are moving allday. Oh i agree with +Jeff Householder don't give them everything they want it starts early in teaching our kids to work for what they want.
Mike, you're correct. Parents are the first line of defense. IMO, get rid of the t.v. set! It's amazing the difference it makes.
If media does not educate as much as they persuade people to consume junk food, they're putting population in disadvantage, or should we say they are putting themselves on disadvantage for not taking the responsability to educate their children,
Perhaps that's one reason I should be grateful for the BBC. It's hugely expensive, very biased and mostly full of crap. The upside is advert-free TV - including children's channels.
Why is the TV always the problem? This is just another way for adults to refuse to accept responsibility for their own actions. 1. DO NOT place your child in front of the TV for 7 hours a day. Try taking them outside once in a while and playing with them. 2. If your child saw an ad for Captain Morgan on TV and wanted some, would any amount of screaming, crying and epic melt-downs get you to give him/her a glass of rum? The TV doesn't make you or your child obese. Unless your child has a valid drivers license, a car, and a job that gives out a pay check it's you the parent that goes to the store and buys the junk food. Stop blaming the TV. And yes, I have two children of my own. Stop feeding your kids fruit loops, chicken nuggets, "kids" yogurt and then pour them a big glass of Sunny-D to wash it down with. None of these things is healthy. No amount of whole grains, protein, pro-biotics or vitamins is going to cancel out the huge amount of sugar and saturated fat in these foods. Just because the TV says there's a whole serving of vegetables in a can of Spaghetti-O's doesn't make it healthy. If you want your kids to eat vegetables try giving them some.
I second +Hank Palan - people in general are loathe to take responsibility for their own actions way too much these days. Why should I be responsible for my own actions (or inactions) when I can blame someone else?
Whether a corporation targets a child or not is irrelevant. Simply put, any parent who allows their child to dictate what occurs in their home is an idiot. Since we have child labor laws in the US, I don't particularly see how a child is going to go buy the crap without their parent purchasing it.

Ads target people because it's what they're designed to do. They have weight loss and sleep aide infomercials at night because insomniacs are more likely to be overweight. Does that mean they should stop those too?

It isn't a corporations job to parent our children. Parents need to become accustomed to the word "no" and use it once in a while. If people weren't so busy trying to be their kids' friends, and worried more about being their parents, then we wouldn't have nearly as many of these problems.

I saw a lady in the grocery store the other day who was discussing what happened on the latest episode of Teen Mom with her TEENAGE DAUGHTER who was probably 14ish. I wanted to turn around and ask her what was happening with the European economy, and when she gave me a look of stupor, tell her that she should worry a lot more about that and less about something so trashy; however, I kept my mouth closed because her parenting (or lack thereof) is her business.
I see what you're saying, +Casey Attaway . It is wrong to target children. I learned in media literacy about this type of advertising. But as far as the connection to childhood obesity, it's still the parents that are ultimately buying these products for their kids. Maybe they just want to make their kids happy, but if that's the case then why don't they just buy their kids a pony whenever they want that? If they care about their health, they would look at what they're feeding their kids and how much they're feeding them of junk food.
It's the parents' job to raise their kids, you nanny-state morons.
Terrible. I saw a kid throw a fit in walmart the other day because her mom wouldn't buy her a cheeseburger. Nice to know parents are getting their kids addicted to food at like 5 years old.
+c.k. lester It's the parents' job to rip the flesh off those type of advertisers and company leaders.
"The problem isn't that you're a bad parent. It's that our kids are being targeted by forces that are pervasive in our society."
Yeah, sure, tell yourselves that.
+Casey Attaway No I said the first line of responsibility belongs with the parents. I didn't say it was entirely the parents fault, but they should take some responsibility for their children's well being.
+Jacob Chappell , we'll have to agree to disagree. I don't see it as "a shame" that my children aren't allowed to watch TV. They're active and have more important things to do during the week. I don't feel that I should remove them from soccer, gymnastics, or math club simply because there may be educational things for them to watch. They enjoy their extracurricular activities very much, and I don't think they feel they're "missing out" because I'm not allowing them to watch TV throughout the week. In order to do so they'd either have to drop an activity, avoid playing outside with their friends, or skip homework.

I'm not saying anyone who allows their child to watch television during the week is a bad parent by any means, but I am saying that it doesn't happen in my home. We have two DVRs and anything that's so important that they can't miss it can easily be viewed during the weekend.
Teach your children by example:))))))....After all we are the parents!!!!!!!!!
There is no way kids average 6.35 hours a day of TV. 6.35 is an extreme, not an average. This post is flawed.
+Torrid Luna, if by "ripping the flesh off those type of advertisers," you mean, "Don't expose their kids to those type of advertisers," then I agree. ;-) I raised two children (boy and girl) by myself (I was a single dad), both of whom are well-adjusted and healthy. Why? Because I was a loving dad in charge of what my children consumed, both mentally and physically. I reiterate: it is solely the parent's responsibility for what their children become. If the parents who let their children get fat chose instead to feed them healthy meals every day, these "type of advertisers and company leaders" would BE OUT OF BUSINESS. So, parents, turn off the TV, spend time with your kids, stop sitting your fat asses on the couch every night worshiping the next serving of America's Idols. Get it?
So, why is that surprising? What ads do you expect? New cars? Booze? Big Screen TVs? Exactly what products do kids buy? Toys, food, games...
+Mike Elgan A couple of things to think about... We complain about the advertisements on television, but it appears that we're proponents of Google, a company whose revenue comes from mostly advertisements.

We are against sitting in front of television, but plenty of us sit in front of computers all day (and not just for work). A lot of people in this discussion are highly critical of parents, but if both parents work, whose responsibility is it? I'm not shifting blame, but there's more to think about when households can't afford to have a stay-at-home parent.

One cup of juice, with no sugar added, contains 8-12 teaspoons of sugar. That's more than a lot of popular sodas. Here are some photos of beverage labels.
Unfortunately, being an adult does undo the damage of being exposed to those thousands of food ads when we were children. And we really don't give people much ammunition to deal with ads for processed and junk food--I got through 20 years of education, including medical school, without any intelligent nutrition education.
So this is why I've been hungry since I turned 7.
+c.k. lester Not exactly. By ripping the flesh off those company leaders I mean: Finally start building a society where you are not the hypnotized victim of advertisements, but start making rules what kind of drugs should be advertised for on TV, and what not. The problem with you guys is: Personal freedom of expression doesn't belong to coorporations. What companies may or may not advertise for, should be your decision, as a society. Definitely not theirs. Or are you allowing ads for crack cocaine and cigarettes in kids' TV?
1) Teach your kids to read.
2) Buy a TIVO and skip the commercials.
And I'd wager that 90% of adult ads are for medicine, diseases, sickness (what ever happened to ads for laundry soap?).
Always amazed at how willing people are to give away freedom...
+Bob Harbison, watch car ads some time and see how many are 'kid friendly'. They've discovered that humans develop brand loyalty as young as 8 years old, so ad campaigns for grown-up items are now targeting kids as a future investment. Combine that with a trend of how many parents apparently let their kids influence important decisions like having a DVD player in the back seat of their SUV, and it's no wonder how much advertising is aimed at American youth.

I love pointing out to my daughter all the tricks advertisers use to try and make us feel lacking. I've found it an interesting tool to help open her eyes to the difference between what we want and what we need and at the same time develop her critical thinking skills.
Sounds to me like parents need to be more active in what their child is being exposed to, and actually parent, when it comes to diet, exercise, etc.
Get a Tivo. It's our duty as parents to teach our children early. Time-shifting and commercial skipping are essential tools.
I must be old fashioned, but when my kids were young the TV went off and they went outside. They played all day, barely coming in for water and sandwiches at lunch. They are now adults and still get together with friends to play capture the flag outside at our cabin. Parents need to have more control over what their children do and stop using the TV as a babysitter. We created a "lock" for our TV (before smart TV's were around that could do that). It was a simple, two PVC endcaps with a hole for the plug and a key lock attached. It worked and so did Friday night game night with them, their friends and our friends. Children need direction to learn how to make good decisions. Let's face it, it is the parents who are ultimately responsible for teaching their children and for ensuring they are not overexposed to the media.
This is where the parent turns off the TV & exclaims ” let's go Dragon hunting”. Let the adventure begin!
+Torrid Luna The way to not be a "hypnotized victim" of advertisements is to TURN OFF YOUR TV (victim? really? you consider yourself a victim? I'm sorry... is there somebody holding a gun to your head forcing you to watch TV?).

I'm all for a free market, which means if a television station wants to accept corporate money for advertising for crack cocaine during a children's hour, that's their business. It is up to the consumer to NOT WATCH IT and NOT SUPPORT IT if they don't like it, but to try to get your nanny-state idiocy to make it illegal is simply you putting your parental responsibility on somebody else. Parents have complete control over what their children consume (at least for now, but I suspect nanny-state idiots will continue to push their responsibility onto others). EXERCISE THAT CONTROL in a responsible manner and for the benefit of your child.
Parents should really start parenting their kids & not let the TV do it. And don't think that schools & teachers are fully responsible for teaching all these things either. They can only do so much. So all parents out there, time to step up to the plate & start taking RESPONSIBILITY!
I noticed that you did not lay any blame in this post. Yet, I feel that most of the blame lies on the shoulders of parents that allow this to happen, not on shoulders of corporations that are trying to make money (and pay the dividends of stock holders, some of who are the parents.) I know a local parent here that removed all TVs except one and removed all cable/satelite. Only one or two channels came in over the air. She kicked the kids out the door and told them to go play like normal kids, have fun, and get some exercise. It worked. She was being responsible. If kids watch too much TV or eat too much sugar, then it is the fault of the parents, not the corporations. It is called personsible responsibility. That is why I disagree with things like the Twinkie Tax, sugar taxes, or fat taxes. If people don't buy it, the corporations will stop producing it, and the ads will start to go away. We don't need the government tell us how to run our lives. The government needs to also get the hell out of the way and let parents be parents.
good, maybe it'll help my kid to eat something since he'll only take two bites and then spit out the rest. I can't even get chocolate down his throat. And isn't the parents fault? Your are the one's allowing your children to watch tv and forking out all the money for the junk food. I'm pretty sure those potato chips didn't walk into your cupboard all by themselves.
MODERATION. i know, it's a groundbreaking idea...
The infographic on that site says 9.5 hours of media daily. That's not even possible on a school day. For every kid that spends only 2-3 hours day, there needs to be kids spending far more than 9.5 hours in a day. I'd like to see the raw data.
I find it impossible to believe that the average child is watching 6.5 hours of TV per day. When you subtract out time at school, travelling to and from school, doing homework, there's nowhere near enough time left. And some kids are in after-school programs since their parents work, or playing sports, or taking music lessons.

Remember, we're not talking about exceptional cases where the kid loves TV and his parents let him watch it all day. This is allegedly the average. The average kid probably wants to play video games a lot more than watch TV.

I checked the linked post and there are no specific sources for this number. It's made-up BS.
that's amazing. We don't watch more than 5 hours a week at the max 10 if they are sick or something. We are trying to keep them busy learning, and doing, and active. And they don't ask for much, I noticed that they only ask for toys or those foods from ads if they see it on tv.
I have a little brother that loves to watchtv and he is four years younger than me and all he does is watch tv and play video games all day
Crazy aint it! Scary actually. I don't even have a TV... but i've taken it to the opposite extreme which is also not good ;)
+Alexa Alexa , it doesn't help that the US subsidizes corn production, making HFCS even cheaper to put in foods.
true, thtas why i buy organic stuff now and natural and read the labels, however.., sometiems i do buy the other one since they are cheaper and organic/natural stuff are expensive
Mine don't watch any television, and don't eat any high-fructose corn syrup (or gluten), and since we homeschool (which we do 3-6 hours a day/230 days a year), they are outside playing a large portion of the day... and not always at "home". They are not isolated, they have social skills, but they have no idea what a Pop Tart is. ;)
I'm watching a half hour show with my daughter on NickJr, and after sitting through commercials I've got to disagree. Half the commercials were for toys (which did bring on the round of "I wants" that's fairly annoying), there was one commercial for Waffle House (with the Lorax), and the rest of the commercials were for household products - toothpaste, diapers, antibacterial soap. I can't recall ever seeing commercials for food during the shows we watch.
I should also note that's own graphic has a "daily media consumption" chart with 4.5 hours per day of television. 4.5 times 7 is not 44.5. They can't even get their own numbers to be consistent!
Heather, your kids probably get teased like crazy which is going to further retard their social skills. Home schooling is a horrible idea.
There will always be random studies that are trying to make everything sound as though it were a crisis and each day they are put to rest because another studies proves to go against the claims they make. This is no more a crisis than a kid spilling his glue in a kindergarten classroom.
it seems 50% of the adult programming ads are for ED drugs. I wish big pharma was banned from TV.
like i say-if you can't beat em, join them
So does it help to feed the kid? I need something that will make him eat. So they say that only 44.5 hours of TV in the week should achieve that goal. I wish he has that time to spare on TV.

#duh #killthehunger
i hate tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
too much is poison but its okay to have something sugary maybe twice a week
Jason, don't be an anti-homeschooling bigot. You seriously think it is better for a child to be caged up in the system 30 hours a week??
+Chris Scott Regarding genetics, that's easy: compare the obesity levels between American kids in the 1950's and in the 2010's. The gene pool hasn't changed that much.
Be the change you want to see. We as consumers drive the companies decisions to do what they do. Perfect example: The most efficient refrigerators ever built had big coils on the top of them, because the engineers knew that by doing this it would create a "chimney" effect, thus pull air through the coils... guess who didn't like those "ugly" coils? That's right, consumers! Consumers drive the industries to do what they do.
My children had a designated TV time, usually after homework was done and before bedtime, so about an hour, possibly two depending on how old they were and when bedtime was... really depending on the time of year as well. They were not allowed to watch TV if they didn't do their homework, of if they were grounded, which didn't happen that often, because I hated to be grounded (yes, when you ground your children, you as the parent are ground too!).
We also had a rule that we all had dinner together, in the same room, at the same time! No TV, no phones, no toys or distractions... we conversed, crazy as it sounds, we talked about the day, what happened and any special events.
You know what, now that my children have grown into adults they thank me for being such a "hard ass" and they are all wonderful humans that give to society.
My children did not make the decisions on what to eat, I did!
If they didn't like what I fixed them, they could choose NOT to eat and wait till the next meal. You know what else, non of them starved!!
Parenting is NOT an easy job, and in my opinion, too many parent are lazy parents.
I believe it's better to homeschool then to let your child be impacted by all the evil the world is teaching kids nowadays. If anything, homeschooling gives the kids a stronger foundation to actually learn on, whereas public/ some private schools just pass the kids so they can get the heck out of the school. Television is not the best thing for kids too because it messes up their brain function- even if it's PBS kids or Nick Jr. Food also impacts how a child behaves and acts towards other people, especially sugar and other added "alternatives" that mess us up both inside and out. I think Heather is making the right choice with her kids.
Although parents, not children, are responsible for what food is bought, what we see here might still be the effect of advertising targeted at children - in the 80's.
I didn't realize this, mainly because when I let my son watch his shows, it's either on PBS (which I can't recall the last time I saw a 'commercial') or on NetFlix (which has no commercials at all). Of course, he still asks for Happy Meals, but we limit that to about one per week.
+Dan O'Shea More and more, consumers have the option of avoiding advertising. In my example above, my son is exposed to a very small amount of advertsing. Granted, I pay $8/month for NetFlix, but I think it's worth it. If we want to avoid advertising, then consumers should start using 'paid' services. If you watch free TV, you have to deal with ads. If you watch pay TV, you usually avoid them.
Jm Bob
They could spend some hours on Google + and perhaps this might reverse the amount of hours watching all these great TV shows. I mean it is good to be creative and express stuff to.
Its true!!
But who would listen and take it seriously?!
so true nothing but commercials its sickening i don't watch much tv too much to do
We don't have cable anymore for this reason, I couldn't justify the money to pay for ads. My son has Netflix on his phone and it is on the tv. They can play X-Box and at least they are engaged, but total media/electronic time is limited to at most two hours on a sunny day.
And the rest are videogames and toys... From Ultra / Mega rare trading cards to $59.99 video games.
Is this what will bring down capitolism?
Leo T
They've predicted doom and gloom for centuries and we are still here, plugging along. Yes, things aren't always great but we still keep going.
At certain age, here, childs dont even see TV anymore...
Yeah, we certainly can do 'trimming-of-the-herd' better.
Stop blaming everyone else. It all comes down to parenting.
That's because Children are greedy little bleeps :-D
niker tous votre mére on est des enfants et meme des ados ceratains on est née avec la télévision pourquoi nous lenlevais bande de connard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The problem is parenting, the television is used as a sedative for kids. As for sugar it's in everything, you have to be vigilant in reading labels Eat lots of fruits and you will still have the same issue as fructose causes the same insulin response as sucrose.
I'm a bit radical on this one. I think that parents who raise their kids on TV culture and use the TV as a babysitter do not deserve children. Note to any parents angered by that comment - No matter what you say you are the parent, take responsibility or your child/ren get the consequences. Get a grip.
The world is too fast long gone are the days kids rode their bicycles around, climbed a few trees, played softball for fun now it's video games and unfortunately both parents have to work!
Great info....why doesn't it have a quick way to print it - I'd love to post it at the neighborhood store
All I can say / thing is that I'm glad my kids watch about 3 hours of television a MONTH. Makes all the other numbers shrink.
+Prashant Gandhi 4 teaspoons of sugar every day ? Is it possible ??? I guess it is highly exaggerated figure!!!

Just look at the ingredients panel on a can of a typical soft drink. Thirty to forty grams of sugar (or corn syrup, which is arguably worse.) And that's just from soda: just about everything we eat in this country has too much salt and/or sugar in it.

The United States has always had one of the safest food supplies in the world, in terms of contamination and disease ... but in terms of health, not so much. Soaring rates of atherosclerosis and diabetes mellitus are a direct result of a generally unhealthy diet.
Thank god for netflix streaming. My 7 year old has seen approximately zero commercials.
The sugar epidemic is utterly disgusting. The federal government subsidizes this crap and then later subsidizes the healthcare problems caused by the same stuff. Stop the madness! Why pay taxes twice? Subsidize fresh vegetables and fruit. Make it so cheap every kid can have fresh produce every day.
children after all do eat and everyone likes food that is sweet
so what ?
I taught my daughter at an early age that if something is being advertised on TV she probably doesn't need it. I've tried to stress want versus need as much as possible and although there are no house rules regarding how much TV she is allowed to watch, she typically watches around 1 hour a day on weekdays and less than 4 hours on the weekends. She would rather be outside playing, riding her bike, reading or doing art work. She also typically picks healthy snacks even when junk food is available, because I have taught her about the dangers of processed food and refined sugar and that these things should only be eaten occasionally.

Although I am personally not against regulating things like this, I would much rather see parents step up and act like parents and stop being lazy. Stop letting the TV babysit your kids and stop buying them garbage food because you're too lazy to cook or teach them how to cook. American society is becoming fat, lazy and stupid and devolving much like the underrated movie Idiocracy.
apparently im not the average child, because i watch 7 hours at most.
I am a nine year old. I didn't watch TV ever since 8 and a half years ago. I eat junk food once every year. Sugar? Are you crazy?! I only get a starburst once a year at Halloween!
An important thing I believe is missing from this diagram is: How much time are parents spending with their children? - be it watching television (online/ tv); eating meals together, spending quality time.

I think the discussion, input and general food for thought a parent can offer while their children watch television is very important, too. (Even where the ads are concerned). It also applies to adolescents and other adults - the more people eat together, they're likely to eat less, focus on what they're eating and be able to judge when they're full and make healthier meal options. Great post. Thanks for sharing.
Turn the box off. Better yet, just use it for occasional movie viewing.
its all a goverment conspiracy do your research and you'll agree
What kind of paranoid research is this??? What are we chasing in this life anyway??
The concept of "kid's food" is ridiculous. Food is food. Once kid's have teeth, they can eat anything that an adult eats.
Very sad what was invented for good is being used for bad but parents have no option as well increasing debt and limited job options because of the economy is making their life harder.
turn the TV OFF!!! sent them outside to PLAY!
Aaahhhk. I sense more govt meddling coming. Look if you can't patent effectively that is a problem. But ads and tv time are to blame? How about "no you can't watch/eat/play that". When did it become the fault of a corporation or the responsibility of a govt to parent our children? This is in my opinion another needless money wasting exercise by some politician somewhere. It's just plain lame and utter nonsense.
I am not surprised at all by those stats, and if it's not t.v., it's an iPOD, computer, or some other electronic device. I am not against electronic technology, but I think kids need a healthy balance and more outside time running and playing...getting exercise. I've read about the effects of t.v., even good shows, on adults and children...not good!
Lots of people like to joke about trailer parks and the people that live in them, but I grew up in one and it was awesome! It was surrounded by woods and me and all my friends spent every hour of daylight out running the length and breadth of our "neighborhood". All the adults were married working class and they looked after the kids like one big family. These days, I have two daughters and I'm afraid to let them get 10 feet from me. Unless we go out of town, our main source of exercise comes from going to the same ol' boring park and riding bikes on the same ol boring trails where you have to be conscience of other riders, runners, walkers. I wish they could have grown up the way I did and in my time. Where adventure and excitement was literally right outside your door.
they jus don't know what their missing....
While they worry about what Google is doing, no one is thinking about what this does to children.
All TV sets have off buttons and can even be entirely removed from the environment. Both are up to the parents/guardians. Parents who do not set limits for a child's learning of self-control - whether TV or food type/quantity - are the major problem.
Government is looked at by many as the mega-parent and thus the problem of little/no self-responsibility is perpetuated all to the benefit of #gov .
And the Republicans want to do away with Safe Routes for Schools that would make it easier, safer and more reliable to walk or bicycle to school than it is to take the bus or force you to play taxi for your kids. Think bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure doesn't matter? That's part of the reason your kid's a fatass.
Monica Beman, just because a child throws a fit when a mom says no to a cheeseburger, doesn't mean that mom let her child get addicted to cheeseburgers! My four year old will throw a fit because I won't buy Oreos in the grocery store. She has never in her life had an Oreo before, yet she thinks she wants one, and she thinks she wants one NOW. It's just the nature of young children. After a while she will understand her mom means "no" if her mom remains consistent... some children learn that quickly, some don't, but I don't think it's fair to judge the mom for "letting a child get addicted" when that may not be the case at all. Maybe the child had one ONCE, at grandma's house, against the mother's wishes. :P
I worked as a demonstrator for Costco and I saw what a lot of parents buy for their kids to eat. Some of it really scares me. I was demoing Monster energy drink one day and one mom came up with her son who was around 8. Since it's an energy drink I had a warning sign out saying that it's not recommended to pregnant women, children under 12, and people sensitive to caffeine. I was about to tell the kid not to try it, but his mom said it was OK and he loved this drink. Then she proceeded to buy an entire case of it for him. An entire case! In bulk! I couldn't believe it. Being a parent myself, I didn't say anything because I hate when other people try to criticize my parenting styles, but WOW.
+April Teeter OMG! She really did that?! Sometimes I really am concerned of what some terrible parents do! I really hope that all of this nonsense can stop, because this is becoming a very serious concern to kids.
Have you guys tried the new Dora the Explorer Happy Fun Excitement Snacks? They are great with a sip of Fuzzy Time Soda Drink Explosion Colors! Buy one now!
+L. Gray I tried to crane my neck to see what kids were walking out with. Mostly Red Bull and chips.
the children are our future - and the gov is allowing this abuse?
great idea Andrew, but, I think alot of people are afraid to let kids just go have adventures and good times outside like we could beccause of pedophiles. It certainly is not our fault or the childs for goodness sakes, it is a damn shame. They can't play off calories even on a good diet, they do eat more junk then we did though. It is all about makin a buck. Goin out for a burger used to be a treat.
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