The relationship among television watching, physical activity, and body composition of 5- or 6-year-old children

Robert H. DuRant, William O. Thompson, Maribeth Johnson, Tom Baranowski

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This follow-up investigation examined the relationship among observed time of television watching, physical activity, and body composition in 5- to 6-year-old children previously studied 2 years ago. Activity level on school and nonschool days was measured with the Children's Activity Rating Scale. Television watching time was assessed by direct observation, and body composition was measured with the body mass index, skinfold thicknesses, and waist/hip ratio. Television watching behavior, which increased from the earlier study, was not associated with body composition. Physical activity was lower during television watching than nontelevision watching time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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