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Modifying the Home Television Watching Environment

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00065052
First Posted: July 18, 2003
Last Update Posted: January 13, 2010
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Information provided by:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to determine if limiting television (TV) and computer time will result in a stabilization or smaller increase in body mass index (BMI), lower energy intake, and increased physical activity in 4-7 year old obese (>85th BMI percentile) children over two years.

Condition Intervention
Obesity Body Weight Changes Behavioral: Behavior modification

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Modifying the Home Television Watching Environment

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):

Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: September 2002
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Detailed Description:

There is a positive correlation between obesity and television watching in adults and children. And, television watching, controlling for current obesity, is a predictor of future obesity. Almost half of all children watch 3 or more hours of television each day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children watch no more than 1-2 hours each day.

Families will be randomized to one of two conditions. Half the families will be taught to use the TV Allowance to reduce their child's TV and computer use by one-half over a six month period and the other half will use the device to monitor TV watching (control group). This study uses TV Allowance units to monitor home television watching, video game playing, and computer use. The TV Allowance can also be used to limit the amount of TV and computer use by programming it to allow a specific number of hours for each family member. Heights, weights, food intake, and physical activity will be measured at baseline and every six months. The purpose of this study is to determine if limiting television and computer time will result in a stabilization or smaller increase in BMI, lower energy intake, and increased physical activity in 4-7 year old obese (>85th BMI percentile) children over two years.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 7 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria
  • Greater than the 85th BMI percentile
  • Minimum of 15 hours of TV watching, computer use, and video game playing per week
  • No medical conditions that may affect the child's ability to safely participate in physical activity
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00065052


Locations
United States, New York
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D. State Universtiy of New York at Buffalo, Department of Pediatrics
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065052     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MODHTV (completed)
1R01DK063442 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: July 16, 2003
First Posted: July 18, 2003
Last Update Posted: January 13, 2010
Last Verified: January 2010

Keywords provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):
physical activity
television
child obesity
Reduce TV
Usual control

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Body Weight
Body Weight Changes
Signs and Symptoms