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The percentage of children in the United States who are obese has doubled in the last generation. This recent dramatic increase is being described as an epidemic. The role media consumption plays in obesity is not completely understood, but the research below attempts to understand the relationship, if one exists, between media consumption and obesity among youth. Regardless of the connection, the obesity epidemicís causes are as multifaceted as its solutions. Several of the news articles also discuss how media may help in solving the obesity problem by the use of creative video games and programming that encourage physical activity.

Resources on this topic
» Study Uses Video Games to Fight Obesity

USA Today
» Media Use And Obesity Among Children
» Fun Ways To Get Kids To Exercise

ABC7 News, San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose
» TV Getting Little Couch Potatoes to Move
» Association of obesity with physical activity, television programs and other forms of video viewing among children in Mexico City

» Effects of contingent television on physical activity and television viewing in obese children

» Linking obesity and activity level with children's television and video game use

» Is TV viewing an index of physical activity and fitness in overweight and normal weight children?

» Dance and reducing television viewing to prevent weight gain in African-American girls: The Stanford GEMS pilot study

» Is television bad for your health? Behavior and body image of the adolescent "couch potato"

» Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity

American Academy of Pediatrics


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