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Title: Television viewing and physical activity among Latino children

item MENDOZA, JASON - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item BARROSO, CRISTINA - University Of Texas Health Science Center

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/30/2010
Publication Date: 9/1/2011
Citation: Mendoza, J.A., Barroso, C.S. 2011. Television viewing and physical activity among Latino children. In: Perez-Escamilla, R., Melgar-Quinones, H., editors. At Risk: Latino Children’s Health. Houston, TX: Arte Publico Press. p. 150-177.

Interpretive Summary: Not applicable.

Technical Abstract: Watching television and using other forms of media such as video games, computers, print, music and movies takes up a surprisingly large amount of our children’s time. U.S. children spend more time watching television than any other activity except sleep. According to a recent nationwide report on children’s media use in the United States conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average amount of time spent watching television by 8- to 18-year-olds was 4 hours and 29 minutes per day (4:29). If we add other forms of media including music, computer (non-homework related), video games, print and movies, their total media use was 7:38 hours per day, practically a full work day! Latino children eight- to eighteen-years-old spent 5:21 hours daily watching television compared to their white peers who spent only 3:36 daily. Among Mexican-American preschool children, 27.5% watched television more than the recommended maximum of 1-2 hours per day.