Yesterday morning, we did a post about a recent study that tied time spent in front of the television to expanding waistlines, lack of athleticism, and poor health overall. It seemed pretty obvious, but that didn’t make it any less damning. People, by and large, are sitting their fat butts in front of the television from an early age, and it’s making those fat butts even fatter. Here again is the key passage:
The more time kids spent in front of the TV, the larger their waistlines, the researchers found: each additional hour of weekly TV logged between age 2.5 and 4.5 was linked with an increase of waist size of slightly less than half a millimeter by the time the kids were in grade school. So, a child who watches 18 hours of television at 4.5 years old will have gained an extra 7.6 millimeters (0.3 in.) around his middle by age 10.
I only bring this issue up again because, at 2:04 PM yesterday afternoon, Wu-Tang Clan founder and mastermind RZA fired up his Blackberry and proceeded to solve the American obesity epidemic in a single tweet. Sayeth Bobby Digital:
Welp, I guess that settles that. Next up: the economy.
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