TV During Meals

Q: “My daughter’s favorite TV show is during lunchtime. Can I let her eat lunch in front of the TV?”

A: Your best judgment provides the answer in your own home.

Keep in mind that eating while watching TV is one of the risk factors for childhood obesity, partly because of the mindless eating that can result (not stopping when full or eating when not hungry). That does not mean that your daughter will become obese if she eats while watching TV. But perhaps you can record the show and have her watch it another time.

A risk factor is simply one element identified in a range of factors that create a pattern of living that can lead to a result, such as obesity. In general, it is better to separate meals from TV time.

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