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Screen Time Is Junk Food Time for Low-Income Pre-Schoolers

Screen Time Is Junk Food Time for Low-Income Pre-Schoolers
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When researchers surveyed the parents of 1,800 four- and five-year-old preschoolers in the Edmonton, Alberta, region, they confirmed what others have said before: poverty has consequences.

Researchers from three different faculties collaborated on the study: Physical Education and Recreation, School of Public Health and Medicine and Dentistry. When they tabulated the results of the surveys, they found that 54.5 percent of children from poorer neighborhoods drank at least one soda per week. That was significantly more than the 40.8 percent of children from wealthier neighborhoods.

One of the study’s authors, Kate Storey, a registered dietitian and assistant professor in the School of Public Health, put that in context:

When you’re looking at that age group, and such a large percentage of very young kids in the study are consuming a large amount of soda, it’s quite concerning.

If you’re drinking a lot of soda and fruit juice, that can displace consumption of water and milk, which are important not just for quenching thirst, but for developing healthy bones and teeth, and health and wellness in general.

One soda a week may not sound like a lot, but the problem is compounded by what happens when preschoolers spend more than two hours per day watching TV or playing video games. More “screen time” is linked with more sweetened beverages.

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5:06PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

1:10PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

sad

8:01AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

ty

1:32PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks

9:20AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Oh my Lord, what food obsession. Juice is better for you than soda--depending on the juice chosen.

Additionally this article totally ignores that a parents does have the perogative and responsibility to Say NO!

7:00AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Nice to hear that fruit juice is unhealthy.

2:57AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks, no surprise here.

1:56AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks

12:30AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Noted.

9:24PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

thanks

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