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Does Television Viewing Increase Obesity and Reduce Physical Activity? Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analyses among Adolescent Females

December 1993

Reducing Children's Television Viewing to Prevent Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial

December 2000

Selected by the editors of Contemporary Pediatrics as the most significant pediatric study of 1999. Also first printed in 1999, v 282, p1561-1567 JAMA

Air Pollution and Medical Care Use by Older Americans: A Cross-Area Analysis

November 2002

The case for reduction of air pollution has been predicated primarily on the frequently observed relationship between pollution and mortality and morbidity.

Efficacy and Safety of Low-Carbohydrate Diets

April 2003

Context Low-carbohydrate diets have been popularized without detailed evidence of their efficacy or safety.

Are the Young Becoming More Disabled?

January 2004

This paper investigates trends in disability in the U.S. population, particularly among people under age fifty.

Incidence of the Healthcare Costs of Obesity

May 2005

The incidence of obesity has increased dramatically in the U.S.

Chronic Disease and Trends in Severe Disability in Working-age Populations

January 2008

The main aim of this paper is to describe and estimate a new decomposition of disability trends among working age populations into two parts -- the part of the trend explained by changes in the...

Diet and Physical Activity Counseling During Ambulatory Care Visits in the United States

October 2004

BACKGROUND: Research is limited regarding national patterns of behavioral counseling during ambulatory care.

Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Solution-Oriented Research Paradigm

December 2005

Past research has identified social and environmental causes and correlates of behaviors thought to be associated with obesity and weight gain among children and adolescents.

African-American Grils' Dietary Intake While Watching Television

December 2004

Objective: Television viewing has been associated with childhood obesity, although the mechanisms that link television viewing to higher BMI have not been established.

Assessing Weight-Related Biochemical Cardiovascular Risk Factors in African-American Girls

December 2004

Objective: Hyperinsulinemia/insulin resistance is a risk factor for future type 2 diabetes.

Children's Food Consumption During Television Viewing

December 2004

Background: Television viewing is associated with childhood obesity.

Television Viewing and Childhood Obesity

December 2001

Children spend a substantial portion of their lives watching television.

Is Parental Control Over Children's Eating Associated with Childhood Obesity? Results from a Population-Based Sample of Third Graders

December 2001

Objective: Identifying parental behaviors that influence childhood obesity is critical for the development of effective prevention and treatment programs.

The 30-Second Effect: An Experiment Revealing the Impact of Television Commercials on Food Preferences of Preschoolers

December 2001

Objective:To examine whether televised food commercials influence preschool children's food preferences.

Using Pedometers to Increase Physical Activity and Improve Health: A Systematic Review

November 2007

Context: Without detailed evidence of their effectiveness, pedometers have recently become popular as a tool for motivating physical activity.

Chronic Disease and Severe Disability Among Working-Age Populations

January 2008

BACKGROUND: Recent work has shown that rates of severe disability, measured by the inability to perform basic activities of daily living, have been rising in working age populations.

Incidence of the Healthcare Costs of Obesity, The

May 2009

Who pays the healthcare costs associated with obesity? Among workers, this is largely a question of the incidence of the costs of employer-sponsored coverage.

Adult Obesity and Office-based Quality of Care in the United States

February 2009

Nationally representative data on the quality of care for obese patients in US-ambulatory care settings are limited.

Optimal Screening Policies for Childhood Obesity

December 2012

Parent Involvement Is Associated With Early Success in Obesity Treatment

June 2009

Objective: The study examined the influence of parent involvement and family factors on body mass index (BMI) change in a pediatric obesity treatment program.

Does Health Insurance Make You Fat?

July 2009

The prevalence of obesity has been rising dramatically in the U.S., leading to poor health and rising health care expenditures.

Predictors of Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control Among Mexican American Women and Men

November 2009

BACKGROUND: The burden of hypertension and related health care needs among Mexican Americans will likely increase substantially in the near future.

Male involvement in cardiovascular preventive healthcare in two rural Costa Rican communities

June 2005

BACKGROUND: Gender differences in health system usage can lead to differences in the incidence of morbidity and mortality.