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Boys risk of overweight is much less affected by television watching and exercise than girls
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Boys who watch a lot of television, defined as more than four hours of television per day, were 22-49 percent more likely to be overweight regardless of how much physical activity they got compared to boys who watched little TV, defined as watching less than one hour per day according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Girls watching a lot of television were much more at risk of being overweight compared to boys, the increased risk ranging from 27-211 percent. Subjects
Subjects: 13,600 students 14-18 years old throughout US
The study analyzed data from 13,600 students 14-18 years old throughout the U.S. who participated in the 2001 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Eisenmann J, Bartee RT, Smith D, Welk G, Fu Q. Combined influence of physical activity and television viewing on the risk of overweight in us youth. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Apr, 32(4):613-18.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. J. C. Eisenmann
Department of Kinesiology
Michigan State University
3 IM Circle
East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
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