Title
Television viewing and obesity among pre-school children: the role of parents Television viewing and obesity among pre-school children: the role of parents
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
München ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Communications : the European journal of communication research. - München, 1976, currens
Volume/pages
32(2007) :4 , p. 417-446
ISSN
0341-2059
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E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Western societies are confronted with a growing number of overweight and obese (pre-school) children. Past studies have pointed to excessive television viewing as one of the causes of this phenomenon. The aim of the current study was to examine the influence of parental mediation and modeling on TV use and obesity among pre-school children. A survey conducted among 608 parents of two-and-a-half to six year olds shows that obese children watch significantly more television, show more affinity towards television and more often have a TV set in their bedroom than normal weight and overweight children. For girls, parental restrictions on television viewing are negatively associated with their BMI. For boys, no similar relationship can be found. This study suggests that taking into account possible differences in television viewing behavior between pre-school boys and girls and paying attention to a wide range of television viewing variables can be fruitful for further research.
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