Altering TV viewing habits: an unexplored strategy for adult obesity intervention?

Am J Health Behav. Jan-Feb 2006;30(1):3-14. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.1.3.


Objectives: To review literature evaluating whether television (TV) viewing reduction is a promising behavioral target for obesity treatment programs for adults.

Methods: Studies examining associations between TV viewing and obesity in adults were reviewed, as well as relevant pediatric literature. Interventions to reduce TV viewing among children were examined to inform adult interventions.

Results: Adult TV viewing has been consistently associated with greater obesity risk in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Strategies to alter TV viewing have been demonstrated effective among children but have not been tested in adults.

Conclusions: Evaluation of the efficacy of targeting TV viewing among adults on weight outcomes is warranted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / ethnology
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Risk-Taking
  • Television / statistics & numerical data*
  • Weight Loss*