Association of Television Viewing with Prevalence of Overweight among Eligible Military Health System Beneficiaries, Ages 2 ? 17, 2004Objective: To determine the prevalence overweight among eligible beneficiaries of the Military Health System (MHS), 2-17 years of age and to assess the relationship between television viewing and the prevalence of overweight.
Results: Approximately one third of the study population was at-risk for overweight or overweight. Approximately 75% of overweight children exceeded the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation of two or less hours of television viewing per day. There is a high prevalence of at-risk for overweight and overweight in this population. While there was no statistically significant association between hours spent viewing television and overweight in this population, the high prevalence of both daily television viewing of more than two hours and at-risk for overweight and overweight warrant further attention.