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Bedroom TVs and obesity
  1. Robert Scott-Jupp
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robert Scott-Jupp, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, UK; scottjupp{at}

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Most of us, when asked by parents, would recommend against putting a television in a child’s bedroom. We might consider it to be a ‘bad thing’ without being entirely sure why. Now the UK Millennium Cohort Study has come up with firm evidence that it is associated with obesity, long after the exposure (Heilmann A, et al. Int J Obes 2017. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.129). Over 12 500 children born in 2000–2002 and representative of the UK population were studied using serial parental questionnaires and measurements of height, weight and body fat. At age 7 years, parents were asked about the presence of …

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