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Junk Food Consumption and Screen Time: Association With Childhood Adiposity

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Objectives: To determine the joint association of junk food consumption (JFC) and screen time (ST) with adiposity in children. Methods: Two hundred fourteen (121 girls, 93 boys) third-to-fifth-grade students (54% Hispanic, 35% African American, 8% white) completed a lifestyle behavior survey, which included self-reported JFC and ST, as part of a school-based lifestyle intervention program. Results: Neither JFC nor ST, independently or jointly, was associated with adiposity measures. JFC and ST were significantly correlated (r = .375). Conclusions: The low achievement of physical activity and screen time recommendations and high prevalence of overweight/obesity in this mostly minority, low socioeconomic status population indicates a potential focus for intervention.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Doctoral Student, Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI;, Email: 2: Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, East Lansing, MI 3: Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 4: Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Albion College, Albion, MI 5: Associate Professor, Department of Advertising & Public Relations, Hanyang University, Ansan, South Korea 6: Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Director, Division of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 7: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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