Pregnancy, TV and Childhood Nutrition

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Story Updated: May 7, 2014

Pregnant women who watch TV during their meals are much more likely to end up feeding their newborn in front of a TV as well according to a new study. And this kind of dynamic could be a recipe for nutritional disaster, experts warn contributing to poor childhood nutrition, and ultimately obesity.

At issue were the eating habits of more than 100 pregnant women during their third trimester. More than 2/3 said that at times they did, in fact, watch TV while eating.

And down the road- roughly 1/3 acknowledged eating in front of their TV while feeding their 3-month old child.

The study team determined that women who watched TV at meals during pregnancy were 5 times more likely to expose their toddler to TV during mealtime as well.

The finding could highlight a new approach in the fight against childhood obesity based on convincing mothers-to-be to turn off their TVs even before their child is born.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that can keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and happy.

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