Fitness Expert Lorna Kleidman Responds to Study Linking Kids' TV Watching with Antisocial Behavior

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Following a recent study that found a link between hours spent in front of the TV at a young age to bad behavior years later, kettlebell trainer Lorna Kleidman releases a statement.

On April 10, 2013, kettlebell champion and trainer Lorna Kleidman releases a statement on a US News article regarding a recent study which finds a correlation between antisocial behavior in children and how much TV they watch. The study looked at five-year-olds who were allowed to watch television for three or more hours a day, and found that by the time they were seven, they were more likely to fight, steal, and have other antisocial behaviors.

According to the US News article, the study analyzed data gathered from 11,000 kids in the United Kingdom born between 2000 and 2002. When the children were five and seven, their mothers filled out a questionnaire which was used to find out how much television their kids watched, and how much time they spent playing computer or electronic games.

The article goes on to state that, “At age five, nearly two-thirds of the children watched TV for between one and three hours a day, 15 percent watched TV for more than three hours a day, and less than two percent watched no TV. Only three percent of the kids spent three or more hours a day playing computer or electronic games when they were five years old, the study authors reported.”

Research for the study was concluded after assessing factors like parenting and family dynamics. The article mentions that there was a very small increase in antisocial behavior by the age of seven for the kids who watched television for more than three hours a day at the age of five. Researchers also found that time spent playing electronic games didn’t affect a child’s behavior.

Lorna Kleidman, a world champion athlete and kettlebell trainer, comments on the recent study. “Like the rest of us, kids need to be active, so it’s not surprising to see that TV has an effect on their behavior. The developmental stages are the crucial times to be forming good habits. Parents need to get creative about getting their kids to get enough exercise. Kettlebells are a great way to get kids up and moving, and once the kids have learned to do them properly, they can be done right at home! Since they address all major muscle groups and allow a complete range of motion, they're perfect for developing bodies. Many kettlebell moves also mimic the kinds of movements we all perform every day, so it's good muscle memory training for kids.”

Lorna Kleidman is a three-time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport, and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative kettlebell exercises used in the KettleX program as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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