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Author: Hernandez, B.; Gortmaker, Steven L.; Colditz, Graham A.; Peterson, K.E.; Laird, N.M.; Parra-Cabrera, S.
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CMCH Synopsis: The objective of this study was to assess the effect of physical activity and television viewing on the prevalence of obesity among school children. 716 children, age 9-16 years, completed a questionnaire specifying their television viewing habits and their diet. Skin-fold, height, and weight measurements were also taken. 24% of the children were considered obese. Children who viewed more television were more likely to be obese. The study identified reducing television viewing and increasing time dedicated to physical activity as strategies to prevent obesity. Center on Media and Child Health
Year: 1999
Article Title: Association of obesity with physical activity, television programs and other forms of video viewing among children in Mexico City
Journal: International Journal of Obesity
Volume: 23
Issue: 23
Pages: 845-854
ISSN: 0307-0565
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Study Design:
Publication Type: Journal Article
Age Group: Adolescence (13-17 yrs), Childhood (birth-12 yrs), School Age (6-12 yrs)
Keywords: Adolescents
Eating Behavior
Low Income
Media Diet
Middle Class
Physical Activity
Socioeconomic Differences
Video Games



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