In a detailed look at nearly 30 years of research on how television, music, movies, and other media affect the lives of children and adolescents, a new study released Dec. 2 found an array of negative health effects linked to greater use, reports the Washington Post. The report found strong connections between media exposure and problems of childhood obesity and tobacco use. Nearly as strong was the link to early sexual behavior.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Yale University said they were surprised that so many studies pointed in the same direction. In all, 173 research efforts,...

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