Television viewing and food habits in toddlers and preschoolers in Greece: the GENESIS study Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The aim of the current study was to evaluate the association between television (TV) viewing time and dietary habits of preschoolers. A representative sample of 2,374 Greek children aged 1-5 years was examined (GENESIS study). The majority of participants (74.0%) spent less than 2 h/day watching TV. Children spending > or =2 h/day watching TV seem to have higher energy intake compared to children watching TV less than 2 h/day, even after adjustment for potential confounders (p < 0.001). Furthermore, it was detected that the former were more likely to consume more than 5, 2, and 1.5 exchanges of fat, meat, and other carbohydrates per day, respectively, compared to the latter. In conclusion, the current findings indicate that prolonged TV viewing time may be associated with increased consumption of high-fat and high-sugar foods resulting in increased daily energy intake. Therefore, interventions aiming to modify children's TV viewing behaviour might need to be implemented.

authors

  • Panagiotakos, Demosthenes
  • Manios, Yannis
  • Kondaki, Katerina
  • Kourlaba, Georgia
  • Grammatikaki, Evangelia
  • Birbilis, Manolis
  • Ioannou, Elina

publication date

  • July 2009