Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Ezendam, N.P.M., Brug,J. & Oenema, A. (2011). Evaluation of the Web-based computer-tailored FATaintPHAT intervention to promote energy balance among adolescents: Results from a school cluster randomized trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Available Online November 7. 

  • This study found that the FATaintPHAT intervention was associated with positive short-term effects on diet but with no effects or unfavorable effects on physical activity and sedentary behavior.

Goldfield, G.S., Kenny, G.P., Hadjiyannakis,S., et al. (2011). Video game playing is independently associated with blood pressure and lipids in overweight and obese adolescents. PLoS ONE, 6(11), e26643. FULL TEXT

  • The researchers found that playing video games was the only form of sedentary behaviour that was independently associated with increased BP and lipids.

McKetta, S. & Rich, M. (2011). The fault, dear viewer, lies not in the screens, but in ourselves: Relationships between screen media and childhood overweight/obesity. Pediatric Clinics of North America. Available Online October 17. 

  • This article summarizes recent findings about associations between electronic screen media and childhood overweight/obesity, hypothesized mechanisms, and mediators. Recommendations are made for parents and clinicians.

Racine, E. F., DeBate, R.D., Gabriel, K.P., & High, R.R. (2011). The relationship between media use and psychological and physical  assets among third- to fifth-grade girls. Journal of School Health, 81(12), 749-755. 

  • This study found that media use was negatively associated with self-esteem and commitment to physical activity. It may be useful for school professionals to encourage after-school programs that offer opportunities for girls to reduce sedentary pursuits and improve important psychological and physical assets.

Sisson, S. B., Broyles, S.T., Robledo, C. et al. (2011). Television viewing and variations in energy intake in adults and children in the USA. Public Health Nutrition. Available Online November 9.  

  • The study authors found that TV viewing was associated with energy intake in US children and adults only in 12–18-year-old girls and men.

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