Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and is affecting younger generations. Research indicates that media usage contributes to adolescent obesity. Data shows that technology use (television, video games, and computer, etc.) is specifically higher among Latinos than their White counterparts. However, limited research exists on the effects that technology use has on Latino adolescents' adiposity. A cross-sectional baseline analysis was conducted using a sample of (N=131) at-risk Latino middle school adolescents from the Youth Empowerment for Success Sí Se Puede Project. Body fat percent was used as the dependent variable; while television time, video or computer game time, and frequency of personal computer use were the independent variables. Results indicated that only video or computer game time had a positive association with Latino youth body fat percent, even after controlling for socioeconomic status. The implications and limitations of the study are discussed.
|Commitee:||Davis, Jeffrey, Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Public policy, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Body fat percentage, Latino adolescents, Technology|
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