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. 

3 New Studies About Television

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In a study of over 2,300 junior high school students in Barcelona, Castellis-Cuixart et al found that most ate their meals alone during the week, and that 40% watched TV during breakfast, 39% watched during lunch, and 59% watched during dinner.  Salmon et al implemented a 9 month intervention to reduce television viewing among 164… Read more »

MTV / Kaiser Family Foundation Project – World Premiere

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One of my first posts was about the MTV and Kaiser Family Foundation collaborating to provide young people with video cameras to tell how their generation has been impacted by HIV and AIDS.  Tomorrow, Friday August 18th at 7 pm, MTV will broadcast the world premiere of a half-hour documentary from this project. 

Sesame Street Adds a New Female Character

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Although Sesame Street has long been known for promoting all kinds of diversity, its cast of muppets includes few female characters.  Today, they have unveiled a new female character, Abby Cadabby, who appears amidst controversy.  With pink fur, a magic wand, and fairy wings, many are concerned about the female stereotype she embodies and the… Read more »

Two Media Articles in August “Pediatrics”

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Today, there were two new research articles on media and health in the August issue of Pediatrics: The first study measured whether watching professional wrestling on television lead high school students to increased fighting with their dating partners.  In a longitudinal study of over 2,200 students, researchers found "significant correlations" between how often students watched… Read more »

Are Ads Playing Our Children?

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The topic of advertising to children has been all over the news lately; here are two reasons why: First, a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children are the targets of ad campaigns called "advergaming" which combine online games with a company’s logo and brand message.  It’s one of the newest trends… Read more »

TV for Babies Goes Worldwide

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Back in May, a TV channel for babies was launched in the US amidst much controversy.  CMCH researchers were contacted for their opinions, interviewed on radio shows, quoted in several newspapers, and featured on CNN and local news stations.  This week both a Canadian channel and a South African channel for babies will also be… Read more »