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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 the omnipresence of media in society. As September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (an initiative from the American College of Sports Medicine), there is no time like the present to stimulate conversations around weight-related issues and the role of media. The articles below (from our Database of Research) can help facilitate discussion as well as inform decision making on this issue.

Internet-based weight interventions: can they work?

  •  A pilot study demonstrates the possibility of improvement in healthy habits and fitness levels through e-delivery

What you watch matters

  • A long term study of 2,000 children correlates commercial vs. educational television viewing to higher BMI values

Relationships exist between sleep and obesity

  • Researchers explore the connection between sleep and obesity, and the role media plays in our lives

Night-time access to electronic media

  • A study of 3,000 fifth graders and their parents concluded that the presence of electronic entertainment and communication devices can have a negative influence on weight

 

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