Association between television in bedroom and adiposity throughout adolescence

Christelle Delmas, Carine Platat, Brigitte Schweitzer, Aline Wagner, Mohamed Oujaa, Chantal Simon

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Objective: The objective was to determine if having a television (TV) in the bedroom is associated with physical activity (PA), TV/video viewing, and adiposity throughout adolescence. Research Methods and Procedures: Longitudinal data (September 2002 through June 2005) were analyzed of 379 initially 12-year-old French adolescents participating as controls in the Intervention Centered on Adolescents' Physical activity and Sedentary behavior (ICAPS). Presence of a TV set in the bedroom (TVbedroom) and leisure activities were obtained by questionnaire. There was annual assessment of BMI, waist circumference, and body fat by bioimpedance. Results: In boys but not girls, baseline TVbedroom was associated with higher TV/video viewing over time [odds ratio (OR) of high TV/video = 1.87; 95% confidence interval, 1.2 to 2.8] and less no-sport club participation (OR = 0.59; 95% confidence interval, 0.35 to 1.0). Both boys and girls with baseline TVbedroom had lower reading time (p < 0.0001 in boys; p = 0.04 in girls), while PA did not differ according to TVbedroom for boys or for girls. For boys only, baseline TVbedroom was associated with higher BMI (mean BMI over time 20.5 ±0.5 vs. 19.0 ±0.5 kg/m2; p = 0.001), waist circumference (70.9 ±0.9 vs. 67.2 ±0.8 cm; p < 0.001), and body fat (15.9 ±0.9% vs. 13.5 ±0.9%; p < 0.001), without interaction with time. These relationships remained significant after adjustment for socioeconomic status. TV/video viewing explained 26%, 42%, and 36% of the relationships of TVbedroom with BMI, waist circumference, and body fat, respectively, while addition of other leisure activities in the models only marginally reduced the effects. Discussion: These results suggest the importance of keeping TV out of an adolescent's bedroom from an obesity prevention perspective but show gender differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2495-2503
Number of pages9
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Body fat distribution
  • Longitudinal study
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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