Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Children who watch television 'more likely to be bullied'

Toddlers who are allowed to watch more than two hours of television a day BECOME less clever and fatter than other children, a study has found. That BECOME is pure assumption. Perhaps children who are not so well and vigorous in the first place are allowed to watch more TV.

TV watching to the exclusion of much else is also more likely to be working class and the working class are less healthy and less bright to start with. The conclusions below are as narrow-minded as they are arrogant. Scientific they are not. They are pure presumption and bigotry. The authors assume that they JUST KNOW the direction of causation

Research conducted over eight years discovered a direct correlation between the amount of television a child watches at a young age and their academic development.

Results of the trial showed that two-year-olds who spend a couple of hours a day in front of the television were more likely to grow up to be obese and would already be suffering at school by the age of 10.

Children who watch the most television are the least likely to take part in physical activities and are more likely to eat junk food and consume fizzy drinks, the study found.

It discovered that the increased likelihood of obesity and disengagement from the classroom caused by watching television would lead to a greater chance of being bullied at school, and concluded that most parents were probably unaware of the potential damage they were causing to their children.

Researchers at the Universities of Montreal and Michigan examined the television viewing habits of more than 1,300 children between the ages of two and four. Their academic performance and body mass index were then measured once they reached the age of ten.

Toddlers who watched more than two hours of television a day showed, on average, a 7 per cent decrease in classroom performance and 10 per cent increase in the chances of them being bullied.

Dr Linda Pagani, of Montreal University, said: “Early childhood is a critical period for brain development and formation of behaviour.

“High levels of TV consumption during this period can lead to future unhealthy habits. Although we expected the impact of early TV viewing to disappear after seven and a half years of childhood, the fact that negative outcomes remained is quite daunting.

The study was published in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.


The Pill linked to low desire for sex, claims study

Since the pill functions by mimicing pregnancy, this is hardly surprising

Taking the pill could be putting women off sex, a new study has claimed. Researchers found a link between using hormonal contraception and female sexual dysfunction, a condition most often caused by a lack of desire.

The findings back up previous anecdotal evidence that the pill reduces libido and also calls into question the long term use of the contraception especially in ever younger women.

"Sexual problems can have a negative impact on both quality of life and emotional wellbeing, regardless of age," said researcher Dr Lisa-Maria Wallwiener of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

"Female Sexual Dysfunction is a very common disorder, with an estimated prevalence of about two in five women having at least one sexual dysfunction, and the most common complaint appearing to be low desire."

For the study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the researchers recruited 1,086 women most of whom had been sexually active in the last month.

They were asked to complete questionnaires designed to identify problems with sexual function and this was compared to the type of contraception if any they had used in the last six months.

The researchers found that the women who took hormonal contraception suffered the most sexual dysfunction especially compared with those who used other types such as condoms.

Dr Irwin Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, said this had huge implications for women at the beginning of their sexual lives.

"The irony is that these women are provided a medication that enables freedom from reproductive worries but these same women are not provided information that there are significant adverse sexual effects that may ensue," he said. "Agents that interfere with the hormonal milieu of women may adversely affect their sexual lives."


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