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TV Linked to Fast Food Intake and Other New Research

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm

In a new study in Obesity, researchers found that with every hour of television a preschool child watched, they were more likely to eat fast food more than once a week.  Dr. Don Goldmann, Chair of the CMCH Advisory Board, was one of the authors of this study.

The December issue of Pediatrics is chock full of research on media, as well as a revised AAP policy statement on advertising:

  • Lanningham-Foster, L., Jensen, T. B., Foster, R. C., et al. Energy expenditure of sedentary screen time compared with active screen time for children.
  • Nelson, M. C., Neumark-Stzainer, D., Hannan, P. J., et al. Longitudinal and secular trends in physical activity and sedentary behavior during adolescence.
  • Wilson, J. L., Peebles, R., Hardy, K. K., et al. Surfing for thinness: A pilot study of pro-eating disorder web site usage in adolescents with eating disorders.
  • AAP Committee on Communications. (2006). Children, adolescents, and advertising.
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