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October 14, 1998

Television Watching and Fatness in Children—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(14):1230-1232. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-14-jbk1014

In Reply.—Dr Moreno and colleagues confirm that activity was not associated with BMI, while television watching was. Moreno et al report that Spanish children of the lowest socioeconomic status were more sedentary and spent more time watching television than children of higher socioeconomic status. We also are investigating this problem at this time. Our preliminary findings indicate that socioeconomic status does not fully explain the differences in physical activity seen among ethnic groups. Other issues such as culture, values, activity beliefs, and neighborhood safety likely interact with socioeconomic status.

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