Dose-response associations between screen time and overweight among youth

Hume, Clare, Singh, Amika, Brug, Johannes, Van Mechelen, Willem and Chinapaw, Marijke 2009, Dose-response associations between screen time and overweight among youth, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 61-64, doi: 10.1080/17477160802199992.

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Title Dose-response associations between screen time and overweight among youth
Author(s) Hume, Clare
Singh, Amika
Brug, Johannes
Van Mechelen, Willem
Chinapaw, Marijke
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 61
End page 64
Total pages 4
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) television
weight status
physical activity
dietary intake
Summary Objective. To examine dose-response associations between screen time and overweight, independent of physical activity and dietary intake.

Methods. Participants were 580 Dutch youth (13 years; 48% boys). Body mass index, waist circumference and skinfold thickness at four sites determined weight status. Questionnaires examined television viewing and computer use, participation in organized sport and high caloric snack and sugar-containing beverage consumption.

Results. There were no significant associations among boys. Compared with girls spending less than two hours/day in screen time, those who spent three to four hours/day were more likely to be classified as overweight by waist circumference (odds ratio [OR]=3.4; 95% confidence intervals [CI]=1.1-10.7; p=0.03), and this likelihood increased substantially among those spending more than four hours/day (OR=5.5; 95% CI=2.1-14.1; p≤0.0001).

Conclusions. Girls who spend three or more hours/day in screen time are at increased risk of being classified as overweight by waist circumference.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17477160802199992
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Informa UK
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