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High Screen Time Is Associated with Asthma in Overweight Manitoba Youth.
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PMID:  23033847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective. Low physical activity and high sedentary behavior are associated with adverse health outcomes, including asthma. The purposes were to ( 1 ) determine if low physical activity and/or high screen time increase the risk of asthma and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in youth and ( 2 ) determine if weight status modifies these associations. Methods. This is a prospective cohort study of healthy weight and overweight Canadian youth. In 2003-2005, 723 youth (8.6 ± 0.5 years; 34.0% asthma, 55.9% boys) were recruited from the 1995 Manitoba Prospective Cohort Study. In 2008-2010, 489 returned for follow-up measures (30.9% asthma, 56.6% boys). The primary exposure variables were parent-reported physical activity and screen time at 8-10 years of age. The primary outcome measures were pediatric allergist-defined asthma and AHR defined as the provocative concentration of methacholine required to induce a 20% fall in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV(1)). Results. Low physical activity (≤2 times weekly) was not associated with asthma or AHR. However, high screen time (≥1 hour/day) was associated with a greater odds of asthma at baseline (odds ratio (OR) = 2.01, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.20-3.37, p < .01) and follow-up (OR = 2.11, 95% CI = 1.14-3.89, p < .02) versus low screen time. This association was more pronounced among overweight youth (baseline: OR = 3.95, 95% CI = 1.70-9.12, p < .0001; follow-up: OR = 3.22, 95% CI = 1.17-8.86, p < .02). Screen time was not associated with AHR at baseline or follow-up. Conclusions. High screen time increases the risk of asthma, particularly among overweight youth. Screen time, in addition to physical activity, should be included in clinical assessments of youth with asthma.
Jennifer Protudjer; Anita L Kozyrskyj; Jonathan M McGavock; Clare D Ramsey; Allan B Becker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-4303     ISO Abbreviation:  J Asthma     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106454     Medline TA:  J Asthma     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Applied Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Manitoba Institute of Child Health , Winnipeg, MB , Canada.
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