TV a weighty problem for kids – study

first_imgNZHerald 17 July 2012 Watching two hours of television puts a millimetre on the waist of a child and reduces the ability to exercise, researchers have found. Scientists who followed 1300 children from age 2 to 4 found that for every hour of extra TV a child watched each week, their waist measurement increased by 0.5mm and their jumping ability decreased by a third of a centimetre. The average child watched 8.8 hours of television a week at the younger age and 14.8 hours when they got older. But one in six watched more than 18 hours a week, their parents told the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development in Canada.  Experts recommend children over the age of 2 should watch no more than two hours of TV a day. Dr Caroline Fitzpatrick, of the University of Montreal, who led the study, said: “The pursuit of sports by children depends in part on their perceived athletic competence. Behavioural dispositions can become entrenched during childhood as it is a critical period for the development of habits.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820088last_img read more

NBA: Magic Johnson can’t be part of Lakers’ official pitches to free agents

first_imgHorton-Tucker speculated that his injury might have hurt his draft stock, as questions about his athleticism and fitness seemed to drop him down among evaluators. But the 18-year-old guard also said he felt fortunate to land with the Lakers.The team held a Summer League practice in El Segundo on Friday afternoon, with much of the team’s key personnel in attendance: Frank Vogel, Rob Pelinka, and other top-level front office staffers. LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma were also present – the only two Lakers who are currently under contract for next season (until the Anthony Davis trade becomes official on July 6).That’s a promising sign to Horton-Tucker: Fewer bodies on the roster means a better shot at a meaningful role next year in his eyes.“It’s good,” he said. “It shows that I might have an opportunity to come in and earn some minutes. But I’m just going to take it a day at a time right now, just continue to try and get better every day.”The Lakers will play three games in the California Classic, which runs July 1 through July 3. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Talen Horton-Tucker, the No. 46 pick out of Iowa State, will sit out due to a stress reaction in his right foot that he’s been dealing with since the NBA Combine in May. The Lakers knew about the injury before they drafted him on June 20, and they will re-evaluate his health when the team begins Las Vegas Summer League play on July 5.“I don’t have any pain but just looking at it procedurally and doing everything the doctors want me to do,” he said. “It’s frustrating but God, he has everything happen for a reason so I feel like that got me here. So I’m just going to go with it and just live with it every day, so I’m cool.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJohnson’s sway has been a sticking point for some time. As an executive, Johnson was criticized and fined for commenting on players on other teams, prohibited by the NBA’s rules against tampering that quickly frustrated him. Now no longer a team official, a team source confirmed to Southern California News Group that the NBA has still barred the 59-year-old Lakers legend from being a part of the team’s official presentations with Leonard or anyone else.It’s an awkward state of affairs: Johnson has created waves for the Lakers the past few months, starting with his departure itself, followed by accusing General Manager Rob Pelinka of “backstabbing.”He’s since altered his tune slightly, praising Pelinka on social media since the Lakers agreed to a trade for perennial All-Star Anthony Davis. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss suggested earlier this week at the NBA Awards that she and Johnson remain on good terms.Leonard is expected to meet with the Lakers, the Clippers and the Toronto Raptors (whom he won a championship with this month) once the free agency negotiating window opens Sunday at 3 p.m. PT. He averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the regular season, and went on to win Finals MVP for his central role in the Raptors’ title run.HORTON-TUCKER TO MISS START OF SUMMER LEAGUEThe Lakers’ only draft pick this summer won’t be playing at the start of July when the team heads to the California Classic in Sacramento. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Officially, Magic Johnson is off the clock. But his influence on pending free agency decisions is still being debated.Johnson told ESPN on Friday afternoon that star free agent Kawhi Leonard was interested in meeting with him. But the former Lakers team president – who memorably and dramatically quit his job in April – cannot formally stump on behalf of his team, which hopes to draw the 27-year-old to the sunny shores of Los Angeles.Johnson’s comments seem to leave room that he could still meet with Leonard privately and try to steer him toward the Lakers, just not under the team’s direction.“A friend of mine called and says Kawhi wants to meet with you,” Johnson told ESPN. “I said no problem. I’m available if that’s what this man wants.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more