Health Indicator Report of Physical Activity, Adolescent: Watching 3+ Hours of TV Daily
Recent studies conclude that the amount of time children spend watching television has a direct relationship to their weight. Children who viewed the most number of hours of television per day had the highest prevalence of obesity (this held true regardless of age, race/ethnicity and family income)(1). Children who were limited to one hour or less of TV per day were far less likely to be overweight. Children who watched more hours per day of TV and for longer periods of time were less likely to engage in physical activity. That lack of physical activity and the increase in unhealthy behaviors contribute to emerging health issues for our children, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, diabetes, gall bladder disease, and sleep apnea (2).
NotesStatewide estimates by year were calculated from the statewide New Mexico dataset that was submitted to the CDC.
Data SourceNew Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
DefinitionPercentage of students who watched three of more hours per day of TV on an average school day
NumeratorNumber of respondents who answered, "3 hours per day" or more, to the question, "On an average school day, how many hours do you watch TV?"
DenominatorNumber of respondents who answered the question, "On an average school day, how many hours do you watch TV?"
Page Content Updated On 11/26/2014, Published on 12/01/2014