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Stability of television viewing and electronic game/computer use in a prospective cohort study of Australian children: relationship with body mass index



Stability of television viewing and electronic game/computer use in a prospective cohort study of Australian children: relationship with body mass index



International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 4: 60



While much cross-sectional data is available, there have been few longitudinal investigations of patterns of electronic media use in children. Further, the possibility of a bi-directional relationship between electronic media use and body mass index in children has not been considered. This study aimed to describe longitudinal patterns of television viewing and electronic game/computer use, and investigate relationships with body mass index (BMI). This prospective cohort study was conducted in elementary schools in Victoria, Australia. 1278 children aged 5-10 years at baseline and 8-13 years at follow-up had their BMI calculated, from measured height and weight, and transformed to z-scores based on US 2000 growth data. Weight status (non-overweight, overweight and obese) was based on international BMI cut-off points. Weekly television viewing and electronic game/computer use were reported by parents, these were summed to generate total weekly screen time. Children were classified as meeting electronic media use guidelines if their total screen time was

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DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-4-60


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