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Pediatr Obes. 2016 Oct;11(5):e12-5. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12067. Epub 2015 Aug 28.

Physical changes in the home environment to reduce television viewing and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among 5- to 12-year-old children: a randomized pilot study.

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Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


This study evaluated the feasibility of a home-based intervention to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage intake and television viewing among children. Lower income parents of overweight children aged 5-12 years (n = 40) were randomized to a home environment intervention to reduce television viewing with locking devices and displace availability of sugar-sweetened beverages with home delivery of non-caloric beverages (n = 25), or to a no-intervention control group (n = 15) for 6 months. Data were collected at baseline and 6 months. After 6 months, television viewing hours per day was significantly lower in the intervention group compared with the control group (1.7 [SE = .02] vs. 2.6 [SE = .25] hours/day, respectively, P < .01). Sugar-sweetened beverage intake was marginally significantly lower among intervention group compared to control group children (0.21 [SE = .09] vs. 0.45 [SE = .10], respectively, P < .09). Body mass index (BMI) z-score was not significantly lower among intervention compared to control children. Among a lower income sample of children, a home-based intervention reduced television viewing, but not sugar-sweetened beverage intake or BMI z-score.


Pediatric obesity prevention; sugar-sweetened beverages; television viewing

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