The Light Time-Use Diary and preschool activity patterns: exploratory study

Tey, Corinne, Wake, Melissa, Campbell, Michele, Hampton, Anne and Williams, Joanne 2007, The Light Time-Use Diary and preschool activity patterns: exploratory study, International journal of pediatric obesity, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 167-173, doi: 10.1080/17477160701369274.

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Title The Light Time-Use Diary and preschool activity patterns: exploratory study
Author(s) Tey, Corinne
Wake, Melissa
Campbell, Michele
Hampton, Anne
Williams, JoanneORCID iD for Williams, Joanne
Journal name International journal of pediatric obesity
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 167
End page 173
Total pages 7
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1747-7166
Keyword(s) Body Height
Body Mass Index
Body Weight
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Life Style
Medical Records
Parent-Child Relations
Time Factors
Summary AIM: To conduct an exploratory study of time-use patterns in Australian 5-year-old children, and to pilot the novel Children's Light Time-Use Diary as a potential tool for investigating relationships between children's time-use and weight status. METHODS: Subjects for the present cross-sectional study were drawn from an established longitudinal cohort and included eighty-four 5-year-old Australian children (36 males) originally recruited as infants in three local government areas of Melbourne. Children were weighed and measured, and body mass index (BMI; kg/m(2)) calculated. Over three to four complete 24-hour periods, parents completed the Children's Light Time-Use Diary to record their child's activities in 15-minute blocks and details about the context in which the activities took place, selecting from a list of predetermined options. RESULTS: The children studied were largely sedentary, with television viewing the most time-consuming activity outside sleep. Only 49% of children spent any time walking for transport or pleasure. Children spent a median of 71% of their time in activities that were likely to be physically active when outdoors, compared with 3% when indoors, but averaged only 110 minutes/day outdoors (excluding passive transport). The 11 overweight/obese children watched significantly more television than non-overweight children. CONCLUSION: The Children's Light Time-Use Diary appears to be a practical and informative tool, which may complement accelerometry as a tool relevant to future studies of the determinants of child overweight/obesity. Further validation studies and larger research trials seem warranted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17477160701369274
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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