You know you shouldn’t watch as much TV as you do. Many of us come home from a long day and just veg out in front of the tube. It’s definitely one of the biggest contributing factors to obesity, but here are the stats:
- The average American watches 6 hours and 47 minutes per day!
- The average amount of “meaningful conversation” that parents have with their kids is 3.5 minutes. Per WEEK!
- Most US households have more TVs than people. (2.73 TV sets vs. 2.55 people)
- Percentage of households with a TV: 99%
- Percentage of households with a dedicated exercise room: 7%
- Childhood obesity has been linked to the number of junk food commercials that kids see on TV
A new study suggests that if we turned off our TVs permanently, we’d burn 238 more calories per day doing other activities. That’s the equivalent of 25 pounds per year. Yikes!
All of these studies present some pretty serious numbers that hopefully make you pause and think. Does it make you want to at least talk to your kid more than 210 seconds per week? Is this enough to make you click the off button on the remote?
I hope so. May I suggest a nice family meal at a table with no distractions and perhaps a walk after dinner to the local park?
Let me know your thoughts,