Children, television viewing, and weight status: Summary and recommendations from an expert panel meeting

Amy B. Jordan, Thomas N. Robinson

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Abstract

Overweight and obesity among American children has reached epidemic proportions. More than 9 million youth between the ages of six and nineteen years are considered overweight, and more than 80 percent of overweight adolescents will go on to become obese adults. Research has indicated a wide range of factors believed to contribute to obesity among children, but of growing concern is the potential contribution made by children's media use. In April 2006, an expert panel meeting was convened to meet and address children, television viewing, and weight status. This article reviews the evidence discussed at this meeting about the role that media, specifically television, play in the prevalence of overweight among children. It lays out the panel member's conclusions about the most promising strategies for reducing the negative effects of television on children's weight status and makes recommendations for future research that is needed to fully understand the relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume615
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Childhood obesity
  • Childhood overweight
  • Mass media
  • Television

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