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Unformatted text preview: Module 3 --- Article 7 OF NOTE The prevalence of obesity among children is found to have more than doubled in less than 1 generation and is associated with increased television watching in children. Data on television watching, caloric intake, physical activity, and obesity were collected from a nationally representative sample of 4069 children, ages 8 to 16 years. 44% of the children watched 3 hours or more of television a day. Only 56.7% reported engaging in physical activity at least 5 days per week. The prevalence of obesity was found to be lowest among those watching 1 hour or less of television a day, and highest among those watching 4 hours or more of television a day. Girls were found to engage in less physical activity and to have lower caloric intake per day than boys. While data collected in an earlier study (between 1963 and 1970) indicated that, overall, 5% of the children were obese, this survey found 12% of the children to be obese. The authors conclude that “as the prevalence of overweight increases, the need to reduce sedentary behaviors and to promote a more active lifestyle becomes essential. Clinicians and public health interventionists should encourage active lifestyles.”
Crespo CJ, Smit E, Troiano RP, Bartlett SJ, Macera CA, & Andersen RE. Television watching, energy intake, and obesity in US children: Results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 155:360-365, 2001. © Copyright 2011 MWK Publishing LLC; from The Complete Practitioner: Mental Health Applications (Vol. 4, No. 6 -- June 2001) For next article, go to next page. ...
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