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Mary Richards and AP reportingA new, first-of-a-kind study about Utah's children is painting an unhealthy picture of them. It says they're sitting on the couch watching the tube and chugging too many sodas.
Utah children and teens are glued to the tube, with 31 percent channel surfing for two or more hours on school days, and 71 percent watching that much on weekends. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only one or two hours a day of TV for children 2 and older.
Besides gazing, they're guzzling. The study by the Utah Department of Health found 14 percent of Utah children drink five or more sodas a week. The health department says that would be fine if that was the only sugar the children ate all week.
Both behaviors are associated with obesity, but few state resources are put toward curbing the gazing and gluttony.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)