A Harvard study allegedly has found that a U.K.-based children’s TV show induces a higher risk for autism when it is watched too frequently by children. Called Peppa Pig, the show apparently got the attention of a Harvard epidemiologist to do research on the risks. How credible is the study?
There are two causes of autism. One cause of this is the combination of risk genes and the other is the influence of environment on the early development of the child’s brain. This leads us to the study made by the researchers from Harvard University as of 2012 on how Peppa Pig, a popular TV show for kids from United Kingdom, affects a child’s brain development.
Apparently, the research done by one of Harvard University’s researcher Marc Wildemberg reportedly “confirmed” that watching the popular show is one of the big causes on how children developed autism.
Wildemberg was supposedly the epidemiologist who said that children exposed to at least half an hour on the television everyday watching this show has higher possibility of developing autism. They calculated that watching the show could lead children to at least a 56% higher risk of autism.
However, it was later found out that everything about the report was false. Watching Peppa Pig, or any major television show for that matter, cannot be a major factor in causing autism. The ideas given by the people and the institution mentioned in this article, apparently, just gave some false data.
A quick internet search for Marc Wildemberg on Google will yield duplicate articles about autism. The results will also suggest that such a person exists, but he is not from Harvard University, much less an esteemed epidemiologist.
Scholar.google.com also lets one search the database for academic papers related to a particular subject. Searching for Harvard University papers on autism yielded results; however, there is no evidence that the studies found were related to Peppa Pig.
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