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March 25, 1998

Does Television Cause Childhood Obesity?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics and Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.

JAMA. 1998;279(12):959-960. doi:10.1001/jama.279.12.959

The United States is experiencing an epidemic of childhood obesity. Although recent studies have documented rapidly increasing overweight among US children and adolescents,1 there are few effective tools to combat this problem. Most available weight-control treatments yield only modest, unsustained effects. Similarly, with a few exceptions, prevention programs targeting diet and activity changes have been relatively ineffective at altering body fatness.2 As a result, there is a pressing need for innovative intervention approaches.

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