Watching too much TV brain damages kids: study

Watching too much television can change the structure of a child’s brain in a damaging way, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the more time a child spent viewing TV, the more profound the brain alterations appeared to be.

Researchers in Japan looked at 276 children aged five to 18 who watched up to four hours of TV a day.

MRI scans showed those who spent most time in front of the box had more brain cells round the frontopolar area. But, rather like obesity, this is a bad thing and is linked to lower intelligence.

The researchers said children with higher IQs showed “thinning” in this area.



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