2 New Studies — Attention and Obesity Prevention

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In this month’s Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Miller et al found a correlation between television viewing and attention problems in preschool children, replicating the findings of a recent highly publicized study.  They state that the findings do not provide evidence for whether heavy television use is a cause or result of ADHD. In a unique… Read more »

Food Advertising Research

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Last month, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on "Adver-Gaming", where candy and snack food companies often market their websites to children in an effort to sell them a particular brand.  Two new journal articles this month take another look at advertising food to children. Caraher et al conducted a policy review of the… Read more »

New Research on TV and Snacking

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In a study of over 10,000 Dutch teens, Snoek et al found that 25% of adolescents watched over 3 hours of television a day.  The more that teens watched television, the more likely they were to snack.  The more they snacked, the less likely they were to engage in physical activity. 

Media and Overweight – 2 New Studies

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Today I heard about 2 recently published studies on media and overweight.  There are a number of theories on why media and obesity seem to be related:  that kids now use media instead of playing outside; that kids eat while they’re using media; and that advertisers market unhealthy food to kids.  One of the new… Read more »