What do you know about the world of TV?
In January 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement announcing the formation of the AAP Television Committee, to identify “a set of guidelines that will guide the development of standards and recommendations for television programs for children ages 6 months to 18 years.”
The AAP guidelines have been widely interpreted as recommendations for the development and adoption of television programs aimed at promoting healthy behaviors.
However, in reality, they are largely aimed at preventing the development or transmission of obesity-related conditions.
These guidelines are not designed to help families or schools identify when a child is exhibiting obesity- related symptoms, nor are they meant to guide parents and educators to implement specific behavioral interventions.
The AAP is currently working on a second set of rules that will be issued soon.
These will aim to address the development, diagnosis, and treatment of obesity.
The guidelines have also been widely misunderstood.
One of the most prominent examples is that the guidelines do not address the relationship between TV and smoking, which is largely a cultural myth.
While the AAP guidelines do state that TV may influence smoking behavior in some instances, there is no evidence that TV leads to the development.
The reality is that exposure to television, whether by a child or a parent, can have a number of negative effects, including: 1.
Impaired social skills.
Kids who watch television may become socially disengaged, which can make them more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors and to become obese.
Increased likelihood of binge eating and substance abuse.
Reduced interest in sports.
Less enjoyment of hobbies, socializing, and recreational activities.
Increased rates of obesity, diabetes, and asthma.
Increased risk of developing depression and anxiety.
Increased incidence of ADHD and anxiety disorders.
Increased rate of mental health problems.
Increased prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents.
The purpose of the guidelines is to identify the causes of obesity and to encourage the development in children and youth of healthy behaviors to promote a healthier lifestyle.
What the guidelines don’t address: 1) The fact that exposure of children and teens to television can affect their behavior and that there is an inverse relationship between exposure and obesity.
2) The prevalence of TV addiction, in which kids watch and watch and consume TV more often than they would otherwise.
3) The role of media exposure in the development for obesity in children.
4) The relationship between television and smoking and obesity among adolescents.
5) The importance of establishing a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce the health risks associated with obesity.
6) The association between obesity and cardiovascular disease.
7) The link between obesity in childhood and the development-related comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and stroke.
The authors of the latest guidelines do recognize the need to consider the impact of television and other media on youth exposure to TV.
They say: “Television exposure has been found to have a negative effect on children and young people in many ways.
Television can influence children to behave in unhealthy ways, including binge eating, to be more interested in unhealthy activities and to engage more in unhealthy social interactions.
Television also increases the risk of unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and binge eating.
Exposure to television also leads to a higher likelihood of developing obesity, including obesity-associated comorampathies.
This is because exposure to media can also lead to obesity in the developing fetus and in adulthood.”
The authors also acknowledge the importance of addressing the development process and encouraging children and youths to develop healthy behaviors, including diet, physical activity, and social interaction.
“Teens and young adults who are exposed to media and/or the internet are more likely than others to be exposed to harmful media messages, including bullying, hate speech, pornography, hate messages, and other types of harmful media,” the authors conclude.
In the meantime, many families and schools are working to implement their own programs to encourage healthy behaviors and encourage healthier behaviors.
This approach to helping families and students reach healthier and more fulfilling lifestyles can be beneficial to the children and families involved.
But what do parents, educators, and parents themselves think?
Do you think parents and teachers should be the ones in charge of making the right choices about what TV is for?
Are there any ways that the American public can better support families and school programs aimed directly at promoting healthier behaviors and preventing obesity?
Please comment below.