Couch kids: Correlates of television viewing among youth

  • Gorely T
  • Marshall S
  • Biddle S
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to review the published empirical correlates of television/video viewing among youth (2 to 18 years). A descriptive semi-quantitative review was conducted based on 68 primary studies. Variables consistently associated with TV/video viewing were ethnicity (non-white +) parent income ( +), parent education (-), hods weight (+), between meal snacking (+ ), number of parents in the house (-), parents TV viewing habits (+), weekend (+) and having a TV in the bedroom (+). Variables consistently tin related to TV/video viewing were sex, other indicators of socio-economic status, body fatness, cholesterol levels, aerobic fitness. strength, other indicators of fitness, self-perceptions, emotional support physical activity other diet variables, and being an only child. Few modifiable correlates have been identified. Further research should aim to identify modifiable correlates of TV/video viewing if interventions are to be successfully tailored to reduce this aspect of inactivity among youth. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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  • Correlates
  • Determinants
  • Television viewing
  • Youth

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Authors

  • Trish Gorely

  • Simon J. Marshall

  • Stuart J.H. Biddle

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