Can media use cause teens to be unhappy with their bodies and contribute to eating disorders?

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Q: You have mentioned research showing that using certain media can make teens sad and/or anxious and that there are also studies linking negative feelings to unhealthy eating habits. Therefore, do you think that negative feelings resulting from teens’ media use, as opposed to real-life events, can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors? ~  Starving for Approval, USA… Read more »

Learn More about Obesity and Media Research

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Obesity is a nationwide health concern for which there is no one single cause, nor one simple solution. Instead, there are a myriad of factors affecting childhood obesity, including the accessibility of convenience food in our society, modern eating habits, the increase in leisure time and changes in popular children’s leisure activities, as well as… Read more »

Latest Studies Added to the CMCH Database of Research

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We're hard at working adding new studies on media and child health to our database of research. Check out some of the latest! Bruce, A.L., et al. (2012). Brain responses to food logos in obese and healthy weight children. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4), 759-764. This study found that when presented with food icons, obese… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Check out some of the latest studies added to the CMCH Database of Research. Borzekowski, D.L.G., et al. (2010). The role of Kilimani Sesame in the healthy development of Tanzanian preschool children. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(4), 298-305. The authors found that children who watched the Tanzanian production of “Sesame Street” exhibited prosocial behaviors,… Read more »

CMCH Researchers Publish New Study in Pediatrics

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CMCH authors published an article in the April 8 online edition of Pediatrics. Led by David Bickham, PhD, and CMCH Director Michael Rich, MD, MPH, our researchers looked at screen media usage in 13-, 14-, and 15-year-olds by having the teens keep 24-hour time-use diaries and report at random moments throughout their day what activities… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Take a look at some of the latest studies added to the CMCH Database! Bleakley, A., et al. (2008). It works both ways: The relationship between exposure to sexual content in the media and adolescent sexual behavior. Media Psychology, 11(4), 443-461. Adolescents who are sexually active are more likely to look at media with sexual… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Here are some studies that were recently added to the CMCH Database of Research. Forsyth, Susan R. & Malone, Ruth E. (2010). "I'll be your cigarette–light me up and get on with it": Examining smoking imagery on YouTube. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(8), 810-816. This content analysis of videos on YouTube found that youth are… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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From February 24 to March 2, we observe Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Here is some news, research, and media on the subject. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association. You can learn about them here. Have you heard of "pro-ana" websites? User-generated and maintained web communities, pro-anorexia sites offer… Read more »