Modifying the Home Television Watching Environment
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00065052|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 18, 2003
Last Update Posted : January 13, 2010
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Obesity Body Weight Changes||Behavioral: Behavior modification||Not Applicable|
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.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||70 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Modifying the Home Television Watching Environment|
|Study Start Date :||September 2002|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||May 2007|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00065052
|United States, New York|
|University at Buffalo|
|Buffalo, New York, United States, 14214|
|Principal Investigator:||Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D.||State Universtiy of New York at Buffalo, Department of Pediatrics|