Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Fear leads to overeating

July 10, 2008

Avoid frightening movies and television programs if you are trying to lose weight. A study from the University of Health Sciences-Chicago Medical School revealed that fright caused people to overeat. The study revealed that frightening movies caused people to eat more popcorn, while travelogues did not stimulate eating. (Journal of Abnormal Psychology 99(3)317-320, August 1990) Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin


Television and children’s mental health

July 10, 2008

The adverse effects of television on a child’s mental health and social development were pointed out in a study done at Yale University. While working with troubled children the researchers observed that many children suffering from nightmares were frightened of reports they had seen on news programs, detective stories, and especially in cartoons. Young children are unable to separate reality from fiction, and are disturbed that the same things might happen to them or members of their family. Many children in the United States watch television for five or six hours a day. That is more time than they spend in any single activity other than sleep. Obviously television viewing has a pronounced effect on their development. Children who watch a lot of television are more aggressive than non-viewers, and show decreased reading ability, lower levels of imagination, short attention spans, and higher levels of restlessness, and even hyperactivity.

Children who begin watching television at a young age may not want to learn to read, and may prefer television watching to reading, as it requires less effort on their part. (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 10(5)259-261, October 1989) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin

Television, obesity in children

July 4, 2008

Television viewing children are more likely to be overweight than are children who are physically active. Those who watch five or more hours a day are at an 4.6 percent increased risk of being overweight. (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 150:356-362, April 1996) Copyright 1996 Phylis Austin

Television and children

July 4, 2008

Children who watch frightening television programs may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. Two child psychiatrists reported that children they treated suffered from sleep problems, nightmares, fear of dark, refusal to sleep alone, high anxiety levels, panic attacks, clinging behavior, irritability, and depression following a frightening television program. (British Medical Journal 308:389- 390, February 5, 1994) Copyright 1994 Phylis Austin