Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:
Auger, N., Daniel, M., et al. (2011). Children and youth perceive smoking messages in an unbranded advertisement from a NIKE marketing campaign: A cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 11(1): 26. FULL TEXT.
- The study authors found that the unbranded imagery of an advertisement in a specific campaign aimed at promoting NIKE hockey products appears to have contained smoking-related messages. This particular marketing campaign may have promoted smoking. This suggests that the regulation of marketing to youth may need to be more tightly controlled.
Beutel, M. E., Brähler, E., et al. (2011). Regular and problematic leisure-time Internet use in the community: Results from a German population-based survey. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(5): 291-296.
- This study found that problematic Internet use was associated with longer average daily online times, avoidance of negative emotions, preference for certain applications (gaming, gambling, online sex) and an increased rate of depersonalization.If the Internet is used excessively to cope with negative affect states and alternative means of coping (e.g., social support, health-promoting behavior) are diminished, a vicious cycle may ensue with increasing stress and reliance on the reinforcing properties of certain online activities that may finally lead to addictive behavior.
Hands, B. P., Chivers, P.T., et al. (2011). The associations between physical activity, screen time and weight from 6 to 14 yrs: The Raine Study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Available Online April 30.
- This study found that increased screen time predicted higher BMI and lower physical activity at 8 and 10 yrs but not 14 yrs. At 14 yrs, physical activity predicted BMI. Sedentary patterns of behaviour in early childhood were predictive of later and concurrent obesity, whereas physical activity was predictive of obesity in adolescence.
Hare-Bruun, H., Nielsen, B. M., et al. (2011). Television viewing, food preferences, and food habits among children: A prospective epidemiological study. BMC Public Health, 11(1): 311. FULL TEXT.
- The study authors found that a long time spent on TV viewing, and possibly to a lesser degree, frequent consumption of meals during TV viewing, seem to be associated with generally having unhealthy food preferences and food habits among school-aged children. These associations, however, were not generally persistent after 6 years of follow-up.
Maddison, R., Foley, L., et al. (2011). Effects of active video games on body composition: A randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr., Available Online May 11.
- An active video game intervention has a small but definite effect on BMI and body composition in overweight and obese children.