Canada's kids, parents differ on viewing


TORONTO -- Parents are watching more primetime TV than they let on, according to their kids.

A team of Canadian medical researchers on Thursday released a national survey indicating that Canada's parents watch as much, if not more, TV than their children.

The poll found that 57% of Canadian parents claimed to watch two hours or more of TV nightly. But that figure rose to 66% when young people were asked about their parents viewing habits.

Similarly, just under half of Canadian parents asked (48%) said they spend two or more hours a night surfing on the Internet, a figure that rose to 57% when children were asked.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid for the Canadian Medical Assn., the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The research into the causes of childhood obesity in Canada concludes that hypocritical parents are setting poor examples for their children.

"We see that not only are parents not always aware of factors contributing to their children's health, sometimes they are not the best role models either," Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, chair of the Child Health Initiative Steering Committee, said in a statement.

Ipsos-Reid in early April polled 1,107 Canadian parents with kids under 18 years of age and 631 children from 10-17 for the survey.