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Health Promot Perspect. 2016 Jun 11;6(2):55-7. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2016.10. eCollection 2016.

Sedentary images in a popular US based parenting magazine: 2010-2015.

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Department of Public Health, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ 07470, USA.
Graduate Student, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.



Parenting magazines serve as a platform for advertisers to target children and their caregivers. The purpose of this study was to analyze and describe the number of pictures of sedentary and non-sedentary children pictured in the popular parenting magazine, Parents.


Our sample consisted of 72 issues from Parents magazine from January 2010 to December 2015. The sampling frame consisted of all printed issues over this time period. All pictures of children, whether they were in advertisements or models appearing throughout the magazine were included. There were a total of 11 018 children images reviewed.


The overwhelming majority included sedentary children (n = 9734, 88.3%), while the minority showed children engaged in some kind of activity (n = 1284, 11.7%).


Parents are encouraged to discuss with their pediatricians which activities are most beneficial for their children's health.


Physical inactivity; Sedentary; child health; media

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