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Television viewing and television in bedroom associated with overweight risk among low-income preschool children.
Pediatrics 2002; 109(6):1028-35Ped

Abstract

CONTEXT

Television (TV) viewing is associated with obesity among school-aged children, adolescents, and adults, but this relationship has not been evaluated in preschool-aged children.

OBJECTIVE

To describe the TV/video viewing habits of a multiethnic, low-income preschool population of children and to determine whether TV/video viewing is related to their adiposity.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional survey of parents/guardians with measurements of children's height and weight.

SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS

Two thousand seven hundred sixty-one adults with children, 1 through <5 years, from 49 New York State agencies of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

OUTCOME MEASURES

Cross-sectional relationships between the amount of time the child spends viewing TV/video and the presence of a TV set in the child's bedroom, with the prevalence of overweight children (body mass index [BMI] >85th percentile) after adjustment for potential confounders.

RESULTS

Mean TV/video viewing times were higher among black children and Hispanic children than white children and increased with the child's age. In multiple logistic regression, the odds ratio of children having a BMI >85th percentile was 1.06 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.004-1.11) for each additional hour per day of TV/video viewed, independent of child age, child sex, parental educational attainment, and race/ethnicity. Almost 40% of children had a TV set in their bedroom; they were more likely to be overweight and spent more time (4.6 hours per week) watching TV/video than children without a TV in their bedroom. In multiple logistic regression, the odds ratio of having a BMI >85th percentile was 1.31 (95% CI: 1.01-1.69) among those with a TV in their bedroom versus those without a TV, after statistical adjustment for child age, child sex, child TV/video viewing hours per week, maternal BMI, maternal education, and race/ethnicity.

CONCLUSIONS

This study extends the association between TV viewing and risk of being overweight to younger, preschool-aged children. A TV in the child's bedroom is an even stronger marker of increased risk of being overweight. Because most children watch TV by age 2, educational efforts about limiting child TV/video viewing and keeping the TV out of the child's bedroom need to begin before then.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Research Institute, Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, New York 13326, USA. barbara.dennison@bassett.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12042539

Citation

Dennison, Barbara A., et al. "Television Viewing and Television in Bedroom Associated With Overweight Risk Among Low-income Preschool Children." Pediatrics, vol. 109, no. 6, 2002, pp. 1028-35.
Dennison BA, Erb TA, Jenkins PL. Television viewing and television in bedroom associated with overweight risk among low-income preschool children. Pediatrics. 2002;109(6):1028-35.
Dennison, B. A., Erb, T. A., & Jenkins, P. L. (2002). Television viewing and television in bedroom associated with overweight risk among low-income preschool children. Pediatrics, 109(6), pp. 1028-35.
Dennison BA, Erb TA, Jenkins PL. Television Viewing and Television in Bedroom Associated With Overweight Risk Among Low-income Preschool Children. Pediatrics. 2002;109(6):1028-35. PubMed PMID: 12042539.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Television viewing and television in bedroom associated with overweight risk among low-income preschool children. AU - Dennison,Barbara A, AU - Erb,Tara A, AU - Jenkins,Paul L, PY - 2002/6/4/pubmed PY - 2002/7/16/medline PY - 2002/6/4/entrez SP - 1028 EP - 35 JF - Pediatrics JO - Pediatrics VL - 109 IS - 6 N2 - CONTEXT: Television (TV) viewing is associated with obesity among school-aged children, adolescents, and adults, but this relationship has not been evaluated in preschool-aged children. OBJECTIVE: To describe the TV/video viewing habits of a multiethnic, low-income preschool population of children and to determine whether TV/video viewing is related to their adiposity. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of parents/guardians with measurements of children's height and weight. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Two thousand seven hundred sixty-one adults with children, 1 through <5 years, from 49 New York State agencies of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. OUTCOME MEASURES: Cross-sectional relationships between the amount of time the child spends viewing TV/video and the presence of a TV set in the child's bedroom, with the prevalence of overweight children (body mass index [BMI] >85th percentile) after adjustment for potential confounders. RESULTS: Mean TV/video viewing times were higher among black children and Hispanic children than white children and increased with the child's age. In multiple logistic regression, the odds ratio of children having a BMI >85th percentile was 1.06 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.004-1.11) for each additional hour per day of TV/video viewed, independent of child age, child sex, parental educational attainment, and race/ethnicity. Almost 40% of children had a TV set in their bedroom; they were more likely to be overweight and spent more time (4.6 hours per week) watching TV/video than children without a TV in their bedroom. In multiple logistic regression, the odds ratio of having a BMI >85th percentile was 1.31 (95% CI: 1.01-1.69) among those with a TV in their bedroom versus those without a TV, after statistical adjustment for child age, child sex, child TV/video viewing hours per week, maternal BMI, maternal education, and race/ethnicity. CONCLUSIONS: This study extends the association between TV viewing and risk of being overweight to younger, preschool-aged children. A TV in the child's bedroom is an even stronger marker of increased risk of being overweight. Because most children watch TV by age 2, educational efforts about limiting child TV/video viewing and keeping the TV out of the child's bedroom need to begin before then. SN - 1098-4275 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12042539/Television_viewing_and_television_in_bedroom_associated_with_overweight_risk_among_low_income_preschool_children_ L2 - http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&amp;pmid=12042539 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -