It is not just time spent in front of a screen that can contribute to weight gain in children. When and where they watch can also make a difference. In a study published in JAMA Pediatrics Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Koop Associate Director of Research, found an association between TVs in child bedrooms and BMI increase. Of the 6,500 participants between the ages of 10 and 14, 59% reported having TVs in their bedroom. These children had significantly larger changes in BMI after both two and four years. Although the exact mechanism of this effect is still unclear, Gilbert-Diamond points to the simplicity of the solution, saying, “Unlike other parenting strategies that require persistent monitoring and effort, removing a TV from a child’s bedroom is a one-time action.” Read more here.