Deborah De Santis-Moniaci Ph.D .. Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program Clinical Psychology .. Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
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Host: Screen time. People who are always in front of a computer or a TV set or a game machine, the more screen time there is a greater chance to become obese. Is that true? Deborah De Santis: Absolutely, absolutely. Host: So we just kind of limit to a very small time periods in a young child, you might spend a little bit as a reward system, maybe to a little older child but be careful, you are sitting in front of a computer or a TV set, the calories burnt at that point is always virtually. Is that true? Deborah De Santis: Absolutely, yeah, the more time you spend seated, again research has shown us, the more time you spend seated, the more weight you gain. And kids spend a lot of time sitting and I think that something that is important for parents to realize you spend 6, 7 hours a day in school sitting and then they come home and they do homework and they are sitting for more time. And if they spend then the rest of they are eating in front of the computer or in front of the television or playing video games, that means they spend their entire day sitting down. And that's where we are going to run into a lot of troubles. Kids really need to have that TV shut off or the computer shut off at some point so they have an opportunity to msove.