TITLE

Screen Exposure and Body Mass Index Status in 2- to 11-Year-Old Children

AUTHOR(S)
Hendrix, Kristin S.; Carroll, Aaron E.; Downs, Stephen M.
PUB. DATE
June 2014
SOURCE
Clinical Pediatrics;Jun2014, Vol. 53 Issue 6, p593
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objective. To measure the relationship between screen exposure and obesity in a large, urban sample of children and to examine whether the relationship is moderated by sociodemographics. Methods. We asked parents of 11 141 children visiting general pediatrics clinics if the child had a television (TV) in the bedroom and/or watched more than 2 hours of TV/computer daily. We measured children’s height and weight, then used logistic regression to determine whether screen exposure indicators predicted obesity (body mass index ≥85th percentile) and interacted with race/ethnicity, sex, age, and health care payer. Results. Having a TV in the bedroom predicted obesity risk (P = .01); however, watching TV/computer for more than 2 hours a day did not (P = 0.54). There were no interactions. Conclusions. Asking whether a child has a TV in the bedroom may be more important than asking about duration of screen exposure to predict risk for obesity.
ACCESSION #
95970172

 

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