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98.5 Percent of Middle Schoolers Watch TV Daily

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in 2012, 98.5 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 15 watched television every day.  The researchers also found a correlation between weight and time spent in from of TV and computer screens. Sixty-nine percent of children who were average weight or underweight pent more than two hours a day in front of the television compared with 77 percent of children who were overweight and 80 percent of children who were obese.

Children who spend time in front of TV or computer screens are not exercising or socializing.  What are the implications of this regarding the future health of our nation?

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