ARTICLE Associations of Television Viewing With Eating Behaviors in the 2009 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study Leah M. Lipsky, PhD, MHS; Ronald J. Iannotti, PhD Objective: To examine associations of television view- lated to intake of candy (1.18; 1.14-1.23) and fast food ing with eating behaviors in a representative sample of (1.14; 1.09-1.19) and skipping breakfast (1.06; 1.02- US adolescents. 1.10) after adjustment for socioeconomic factors, com- puter use, and physical activity. Television snacking was Design: Cross-sectional survey. related to increased intake of fruit (adjusted odds ratio, 1.06; 95% CI, 1.02-1.10), candy (1.20; 1.16-1.24), soda Setting: Public and private schools in the United States (1.15; 1.11-1.18), and fast food (1.09; 1.06-1.13), inde- during the 2009-2010 school year. pendent of television viewing. The relationships of tele- vision viewing with fruit and vegetable intake and with Participants: A total of 12 642 students in grades 5 to 10 skipping breakfast were essentially unchanged after ad- (mean [SD] age, 13.4[0.09] years; 86.5% participation). justment for television snacking; the relationships with intake of candy, soda, and fast food were moderately at- Main Exposures: Television viewing (hours per day) tenuated. Age and race/ethnicity modified relationships and snacking while watching television (days per week).
JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association
Published: May 1, 2012
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