The association between television viewing and preschool child body mass index : a systematic review of english papers published from 1995 to 2010

Cox, Rachael, Skouteris, Helen, Rutherford, Leonie and Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew 2012, The association between television viewing and preschool child body mass index : a systematic review of english papers published from 1995 to 2010, Journal of children and media, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 198-220.

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Title The association between television viewing and preschool child body mass index : a systematic review of english papers published from 1995 to 2010
Author(s) Cox, Rachael
Skouteris, Helen
Rutherford, Leonie
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew
Journal name Journal of children and media
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 198
End page 220
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1748-2798
1748-2801
Keyword(s) obesity
body mass index
television
preschool children
overweight
Summary This paper is a conceptual and methodological review of the literature on the impact of TV on preschoolers' weight status. A systematic search, of papers published between January 1995 and January 2010, identified twenty-six relevant studies. Fifteen of these were cross-sectional in design and eleven adopted a prospective design; a positive association between hours of TV and child adiposity was found in all but three studies. Although assessed in a limited number of studies, diet may mediate the relationship between TV viewing and BMI. Another likely mediator may be the content of TV programs watched; only three studies examined this association and findings were inconsistent. Our review revealed that research examining mediating effects is limited, focusing more on simple cross-sectional or prospective relationships between TV habits and child body mass index. Further investigation of the mechanisms by which TV viewing affects preschool weight gain is needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046060

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