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ERIC Number: EJ792813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1055-6699
Television Watching and Risk of Obesity in American Adolescents
Atherson, Martin J.; Metcalf, James
American Journal of Health Education, v36 n1 p2-7 Jan-Feb 2005
A large national database (U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2001) was analyzed for age, sex, race/ethnicity and television viewing among American adolescents aged 12-18 years. Body Mass Indices (BMI) were calculated from self-reported height and weight. Ninety-fifth percentile and above was classified as obese; [less than]95th percentile was classified as non-obese. After controlling for age, sex and race, odds ratios were calculated for obesity and hours/day of television viewing on an average school day. Five or more hours of television viewing on an average school day roughly doubles the risk of obesity. This holds for both males and females. Moreover, these data show a linear trend toward obesity as daily television viewing increases. These data confirm--at the national level--the earlier regional studies linking television viewing to obesity. Health educators may now consider television viewing as a significant risk factor for adolescent obesity. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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