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Title: The association between television viewing and childhood obesity: A national survey in Thailand
Authors: Nichara Ruangdaraganon
Nittaya Kotchabhakdi
Umaporn Udomsubpayakul
Chaiyos Kunanusont
Paibul Suriyawongpaisal
Department of Pediatrics
Mahidol University
Thailand Ministry of Public Health
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2002
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.85, No.SUPPL. 4 (2002)
Abstract: Objective: To determine the relationship between television viewing and obesity among Thai children. Design: A one-stage cross-sectional national survey. Setting: National communities in Thailand. Subjects: Four thousand one hundred and ninety-seven children aged 6 to 12 years old. Results: By using the new national growth reference as a normative data, 262 (6.2%) children in this survey were obese. According to the caregivers, 62 per cent of children watched television 1 to 3 hours per day. Children who spent more than 3 hours per day watching television were more likely to be obese than the children who watched television less with the odd ratio of 1.8 (95% confidence interval = 1.2-2.8). Conclusion: With a one-stage design for determining the association between television viewing and childhood obesity, Thai school age children who watched television more than 3 hours per day were more likely to be obese with statistical significance.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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