Time to Put Down the Remote? 3 in 4 Teens Watch Too Much TV!

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With shows like Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones dominating TV screens, it's no wonder teens are spending tons of time on the couch. But just how much television are they watching? According to new research from the National Center for Health Statistics, only 27 percent of teens ages 12-15 are under the government recommended limit of two hours or less of TV time. That means nearly three out of four teens watch way too much television.

USA Today reports that 99 percent of adolescents said they watch TV daily. Among those teens, 7 percent watch five or more hours a day, and 5 percent spend five hours or more on the computer. Excessive screen time can lead to elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. Plus, habits of watching too much television as a kid are likely to continue into adulthood, according to the research. Just how bad can it get? A recent TeenBeing post looked at the scary side effects of too much screen time — including an increased risk of premature death.

Though asking teens to cut out TV entirely might be unrealistic, they should be aware of how much they do watch. After all, the government recommendation for physical activity is at least 60 minutes a day. If your teens need some fitspiration, check out this list from FitWatch.com, which features 10 ways to exercise while watching TV, including doing lunges in the living room or crunches during commercial breaks.

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