Does adolescent media use cause obesity and eating disorders?

Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2008 Dec;19(3):431-49, viii-ix.


In this article we examine media use and its relationship to adolescent overweight/obesity and adolescent eating disorders. We consider the potential mechanisms through which exposure to media during adolescence (both amount of time and choice of content) might exacerbate unhealthy eating and physical activity patterns. We consider strategies that health care providers can use to identify problematic media use and suggestions they might offer to adolescents and their parents for ways to make media a more positive agent in young people's healthy development.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Development / physiology
  • Beauty
  • Body Image
  • Child
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Mass Media / statistics & numerical data*
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Overweight / psychology
  • Sleep
  • Television / statistics & numerical data