Habitual active transport, TV viewing and weight gain: A four year follow-up study

Ding, Ding, Sugiyama, Takemi and Owen, Neville (2012) Habitual active transport, TV viewing and weight gain: A four year follow-up study. Preventive Medicine, 54 3-4: 201-204. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.01.021

Author Ding, Ding
Sugiyama, Takemi
Owen, Neville
Title Habitual active transport, TV viewing and weight gain: A four year follow-up study
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2012-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.01.021
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 54
Issue 3-4
Start page 201
End page 204
Total pages 4
Place of publication Maryland Heights MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
     Objectives: To examine the associations of TV viewing time and domain-specific physical activity with weight change; to determine whether domain-specific physical activity moderates the potential association of TV viewing time with weight change.
     Methods: We used four-year longitudinal data (baseline: 2003–2004, follow-up: 2007–2008) on 969 adults from selected neighborhoods in Adelaide, Australia (Age: 48.6 ± 10.6 years, 61% females). Mixed models examined four-year weight change as the dependent variable, with TV viewing time, habitual transport and past week domain-specific physical activity at baseline as independent variables.
     Results: On average, participants gained 1.6 kg over four years. TV viewing time at baseline was positively associated with weight gain at follow-up. Each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with 0.24–0.27 kg of extra weight gain. This relationship was not moderated by recent recall of transport, leisure-time, and occupational physical activity, but was moderated by habitual transport: an additional hour of TV viewing time at baseline was significantly associated with an extra weight gain of 0.65 kg at follow-up among those who were inactive in everyday transport; TV time was not significantly associated with weight change among those who were regularly active in transport.
      Conclusion: Habitual active transport may protect adults against risk of weight gain associated with prolonged TV viewing time.
Keyword Sedentary behavior
Television viewing
Physical activity
Weight gain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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