Objectives: The purpose of this study was to identify possible behavioral targets among children referred to a pediatric weight management clinic to improve weight and health status.
Methods: Parents of 135 children participated by completing a survey which included questions on child demographics and child behaviors. Associations were examined between child behaviors and two clinically relevant outcomes: weight status (BMI z-score) and weight-related health problems.
Results: Controlling for child demographics (age, gender), heavier weight status was associated with child behaviors of less sleep, less physical activity, more screen time, and more fruit and vegetable consumption (R2 = .32). Follow-up analyses revealed that weight was most associated with cell phone in comparison
to other technology such as television, computers, and games (R2 = .23). Controlling for child demographics, health problems were associated with more screen time (R2 = .22), with follow-up analyses revealing health problems most
associated with cell phone and computer use (R2 = .23).
Conclusions: Interventions targeting increases in sleep, increased in physical activity, and decreases in screen time (especially cell phone use), may be useful for reducing weight status (BMI z-score) of obese children. Interventions targeting decreases in both cell phone and computer time may be useful for reducing obesity-related health problems in these children.
Citation: Novick MB, Hendy HM, Adams W, Williams K. 2018. Identifying Technology Associated with Weight Status and Health Problems in Children Referred for Weight Management. J Obes Chronic Dis 2(1): 8-11.