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Overweight and television and computer habits in Swedish school-age children and adolescents: a cross-sectional study
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II. Kristianstad University, Research Environment Children's and Young People's Health in Social Context (CYPHiSCO).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1643-0171
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap II. Kristianstad University, Research Environment Children's and Young People's Health in Social Context (CYPHiSCO). Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1424-8336
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2014 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 16, no 2, 143-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents (6-16 years), and relationships between being overweight and sleep, experiencing of fatigue, enjoyment of school, and time spent in watching television and in sitting at the computer. Trained school nurses measured the weight and height of 2891 children aged 6, 7, 10, 14, and 16, and distributed a questionnaire to them regarding television and computer habits, sleep, and enjoyment of school. Overweight, obesity included, was present in 16.1% of the study population. Relationships between lifestyle factors and overweight were studied using multivariate logistic regression analysis. Having a bedroom television and spending more than 2 h a day watching television were found to be associated with overweight (OR 1.26 and 1.55 respectively). No association was found between overweight and time spent at the computer, short sleep duration, enjoyment of school, tiredness at school, or difficulties in sleeping and waking up. It is recommended that the school health service discuss with pupils their media habits so as to promote their maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 2, 143-148 p.
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adolescents, obesity, overweight, school-aged children, television
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10844DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12076ISI: 000342746600002PubMedID: 23796145OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-10844DiVA: diva2:639772
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