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Role of television in childhood obesity prevention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15543209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of television as tool for childhood obesity prevention.
METHOD: Review of the available literature about the relationship between television and childhood obesity, eating habits and body shape perception.
RESULTS: The reviewed studies showed the following: television watching replaces more vigorous activities; there is a positive correlation between time spent watching television and being overweight or obese on populations of different age; obesity prevalence has increased as well as the number of hours that TV networks dedicate to children; during the last 30 y, the rate of children watching television for more than 4 h per day seems to have increased; children are exposed to a large number of important unhealthy stimulations in terms of food intake when watching television; over the last few years, the number of television food commercials targeting children have increased especially when it comes to junk food in all of its forms; the present use of food in movies, shows and cartoons may lead to a misconception of the notion of healthy nutrition and stimulate an excessive intake of poor nutritional food; and obese subjects shown in television programmes are in a much lower percentage than in real life and are depicted as being unattractive, unsuccessful and ridiculous or with other negative traits and this is likely to result in a worsening of the isolation in which obese subjects are often forced. The different European countries have different TV legislations.
CONCLUSION: The usual depiction of food and obesity in television has many documented negative consequences on food habits and patterns. The different national regulations on programs and advertising directed to children could have a role in the different prevalence of childhood obesity in different European countries. Television could be a convenient tool to spread correct information on good nutrition and obesity prevention.
M Caroli; L Argentieri; M Cardone; A Masi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity     Volume:  28 Suppl 3     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord.     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-15     Completed Date:  2005-03-23     Revised Date:  2014-06-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9313169     Medline TA:  Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S104-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Advertising as Topic
Food Habits
Obesity / prevention & control*,  psychology
Physical Exertion / physiology
Time Factors

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