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Do you know the effect that screen time has on your childโ€™s weight?

Many parents donโ€™t realize that screen time ๐Ÿ“บcan have a significant impact on their childโ€™s weight. The National Institute of Health has statistics that show that โ€œmost American children spend about 3 hours a day watching TV. Added together, all types of screen time can total 5 to 7 hours a day.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Thatโ€™s A LOT of daily screen time!

So how does this affect your childโ€™s weight โš–๏ธ?

1. ๐‹๐š๐œ๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐„๐ฑ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

When a child is watching TV or spending time on their tablet or phone theyโ€™re usually sedentary ๐Ÿช‘ . Spending this much time sitting or laying around leaves very little time for younger children to run around and play, or for older kiddos and teens to take part in exercise programs (like sports โšฝ๏ธ) or other general physical activity ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

2. ๐…๐š๐ฌ๐ญ-๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐‚๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ŸŸ

Childrenโ€™s TV programs often feature commercials for unhealthy snacks, sodas, fast food meals, and sugary breakfast foods๐Ÿฅž.

Just watching these commercials can make children crave snacks even when they arenโ€™t hungry (it works the same way for us!).

3. ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Trust me, marketers know that kids have considerable purchase influence. Often they can get what they want simply by pestering or nagging their parents in the store.These requests usually start with wanting sugary breakfast foods followed closely by snacks and beverages๐Ÿฅค

๐’๐จ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž?

Hereโ€™s a few tips:

* Have a set time for kids to turn in their electronics in the evening

* Have your child complete their chores and homework prior to getting on electronics

* Set up screen time limits for apps (especially social media apps like TikTok)


If you need additional help with managing your childโ€™s weight, schedule a FREE 15 minute consult to learn how I can work with you and your child to help them achieve a healthy weight and learn to love themselves ๐Ÿ’•


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