There's all sorts of warnings about kids and TV exposure. Too much TV may inhibit babies' language development. And toddlers? To summarize another recent study, too much TV makes toddlers fat and dumb. Whoa. Think I'm exaggerating? Dr. Linda S. Pagani, the lead author of this study, says (much more eloquently than I do):
We found every additional hour of TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, have a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and, ultimately, higher body mass index.
Bad enough, right? But it doesn't end there. Even in teenagers, there seems to be a link between too much TV and depression. However, experts aren't sure if this link (or any of these links, really) are because of the programming itself, the commercials, or the fact that TV time takes away from other, healthier activities.
I don't know about you mammas, but this mamma has a serious case of guilt everytime I use the TV to