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March 2008

Innovations to Reduce Television and ComputerTime and Obesity in Childhood

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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2008

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(3):283-284. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.3.283

Evidence that television viewing and other screen time are important modifiable causes of childhood obesity continues to grow. Multiple longitudinal studies have documented these relationships during the past decades, with recent data showing that these effects extend into adulthood.1 A series of randomized intervention trials has provided both clear evidence for cause and opportunities to widely decrease television and computer time.24

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