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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #309

Culinary no-no's


When my older brother and I were growing up, we didn’t have one of these…


In our bedroom.

We both were thin, but not unhealthy. My brother is still thin. I need to lose some weight. But we are void of heart trouble.

The great political food issue of 2012 is that seven out of 10 American kids are too damn fat. The nanny states has made every attempt to intervene and disrupt our lives by pontificating what we eat, where we eat, and how much we eat.

Now here comes yet another one of those "new studies."

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana studied children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 18 “to examine relationships between having a TV in the bedroom and TV viewing time with total fat mass, abdominal subcutaneous and visceral adiposity, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents.”

What did it find? According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Having a bedroom TV and TV viewing time were related to high waist circumference, fat mass, and abdominal subcutaneous adiposity. TV viewing time was related to visceral adiposity, and bedroom TV was related to cardiometabolic risk in children, controlling for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and an unhealthy diet.”

What does that mean?

Kids with bedroom TVs are twice as likely to be fat. They’re also almost three times as likely to be prone to heart disease and diabetes as those kids who don’t have bedroom TVs. These kids have big stomachs, more fat, and if they watch the boob tube more than five hours per day, they have twice the risk for fat around their internal organs.

Seems to make sense.

The above tubbo should be out playing touch football, tag, or riding his bike.

So is the problem the TV?

I don't think so. Not even its location, especially if fat child simply watches TV elsewhere in the house.

Here’s another perspective from blogger Lori Garcia:

“I make no apology for the fact that my toddler has a TV in his room for one very simple reason:

“Kids love TV and parents love that kids love TV.

“I mean, I know I do.

“I don’t view moderate TV consumption as a lazy parenting thing; I view it as a sanity-preserving thing.

“I don’t see anything wrong with a TV in my toddler’s room so long as it’s utilized responsibly. As with all things, moderation and parental guidance are key.

“TV keeps us both a little more sane and with a toddler, I’ll take my sanity wherever I can find it.”

But that’s a toddler. The study looked at ages 5-18. So it seems like Garcia is employing the long-held practice of TV set as babysitter (By the way, no TV in our toddler’s room).

Garcia is correct, though, about moderation and parental guidance. Mom and Dad should make sure there’s not an excess of TV viewing and plenty of outdoor recreation and fun, a kid being a kid. 
And yet those who are personal responsibility-challenged will regard this latest study as one more excuse to lay blame everywhere except where it should be: on the parents.

So add bedroom TVs to the ever-growing list of explanations why your kid is obese:

TVs in general





Video games

Compact discs


All other fast food joints, but predominantly McDonald’s

TV ads and evil marketers

Large portions

Vending machines

Big sodas


Ronald Reagan

El Nino


Is sugar the next tobacco?

Staying home New Year's careful.

Spotted dick?


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