Television viewing time and weight gain in colorectal cancer survivors : a prospective population-based study

Wijndaele, Katrien, Lynch, Brigid M., Owen, Neville, Dunstan, David W., Sharp, Stephen and AItken, Joanne F. 2009, Television viewing time and weight gain in colorectal cancer survivors : a prospective population-based study, Cancer causes and control, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 1355-1362, doi: 10.1007/s10552-009-9356-5.

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Title Television viewing time and weight gain in colorectal cancer survivors : a prospective population-based study
Author(s) Wijndaele, Katrien
Lynch, Brigid M.
Owen, Neville
Dunstan, David W.
Sharp, Stephen
AItken, Joanne F.
Journal name Cancer causes and control
Volume number 20
Issue number 8
Start page 1355
End page 1362
Publisher Rapid Communications of Oxford
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 0957-5243
Keyword(s) colorectal neoplasms
body mass index
health behavior
longitudinal studies
Summary Objective To investigate the prospective relationships between television viewing time and weight gain in the 3 years following colorectal cancer diagnosis for 1,867 colorectal cancer survivors (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 18.5 kg/m2).

Methods BMI, television viewing time, physical activity, and socio-demographic and clinical covariates were assessed at baseline (5 months), 24 months and 36 months post-diagnosis. Multiple linear regression was used to study independent associations between baseline television viewing time and BMI at 24 and 36 months post-diagnosis.

Results At both follow-up time points, there was a significant increase in mean BMI for participants reporting ≥5 h/day of television viewing compared to those watching <3 h/day at baseline (24 months: 0.72 kg/m2 (0.31, 1.12), p < 0.001; 36 months: 0.61 kg/m2 (0.14, 1.07), p = 0.01), independent of baseline BMI, gender, age, education, marital status, smoking, cancer site, cancer disease stage, treatment mode and co-morbidities. Additional adjustment for baseline physical activity did not change results.

Conclusions These findings suggest that a greater emphasis on decreasing television viewing time could help reduce weight gain among colorectal cancer survivors. This, in turn, could contribute to a risk reduction for co-morbid conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10552-009-9356-5
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, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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