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Am J Public Health. 1998 Feb;88(2):277-80.

Epidemic obesity in the United States: are fast foods and television viewing contributing?

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  • 1Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55454-1015, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the association between TV viewing, fast food eating, and body mass index.

METHODS:

Associations between hours of TV viewing, frequency of eating at fast food restaurants, body mass index, and behaviors were assessed cross sectionally and longitudinally over 1 year in 1059 men and women.

RESULTS:

Fast food meals and TV viewing hours were positively associated with energy intake and body mass index in women but not in men. TV viewing predicted weight gain in high-income women.

CONCLUSIONS:

Secular increases in fast food availability and access to televised entertainment may contribute to increasing obesity rates in the United States.

PMID:
9491022
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PMCID:
PMC1508201
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