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Report: Odds Children Convicted Of Crime Later In Life Rise Significantly With More TV They Watch

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Recent research finds that the more television children watch, the odds of them being convicted of a crime later in life rise significantly.

According to, the odds of being convicted of a crime go up 27 percent for each additional hour a child watches television.

Researchers also found that the odds a child develops depression goes up by 8 percent for each hour added to watching TV, and the odds of developing type 2 diabetes goes up by 20 percent for every two hours of television watched.

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"Watching more TV may trigger various neurobiological changes that ultimately exacerbate any underlying inclinations toward aggressive behavior," criminologist and neuroscientific researcher Joseph Schwartz told

Children between the ages of 8 and 18 watch three hours of TV per day on average.

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