Correlates for television viewing differ according to age group

Gardiner, P., Sugiyama, T., Vandelanotte, C., Eakin, E. and Owen, N. (2007). Correlates for television viewing differ according to age group. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Australian Conference on Science and Medicine in Sport, Adelaide, Australia, (S123-S123). 13-16 October 2007.

Author Gardiner, P.
Sugiyama, T.
Vandelanotte, C.
Eakin, E.
Owen, N.
Title of paper Correlates for television viewing differ according to age group
Conference name Australian Conference on Science and Medicine in Sport
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 13-16 October 2007
Proceedings title Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2007
ISSN 1440-2440
Volume 10
Issue Supp. 1
Start page S123
End page S123
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Time spent television (TV) viewing has been associated with lower physical activity (PA) levels, higher BMI and increased occurrence of abnormal glucose metabolism and cardiovascular disease. However, little is known about these associations in older adults; a growing group in the overall population. The purpose of this study was to compare the correlates of TV viewing in adults under and above 60 years and evaluate whether the same associations exist. Self-report data were collected from 1996 participants in the Physical Activity in Localities and Community Environment (PLACE) Study. Demographics, BMI, TV viewing, PA and related psychosocial correlates were analysed using multilevel modelling. In adults above 60 years TV viewing accounted for 55% of leisure sedentary behaviour; they also watched 22 minutes of TV per day more when compared to those under 60 (t=-3.994, p<.001). In adults under 60 years, a higher level of TV time was significantly associated with a lower education, income, employment, PA levels, level of social support for PA and with a higher number of barriers to PA and BMI. For adults above 60 years, significant associations with TV time were only found for lower education and increased BMI and not for PA or any of the psychosocial variables related to PA. It is difficult to explain why these differences between age groups exist; especially as the older age group watches more TV without negatively influencing their PA. More research is needed to design effective interventions to reduce TV viewing in older adults.
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Keyword Leisure
Physical activity
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes 6th National Physical Activity Conference. Abstract 376.

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