Screen time

Total screen time, as an indicator of sedentary behaviour, showed significant association with overweight and obesity. Total screen time increased significantly by age (higher in school children than in pre-school children) and showed large variation between countries.
According to the present data the recommendation of <1 hour/day screen time for kindergarten children and <2 hours/day screen time for school children seems to be reasonable.

Following articles from our consortium show further results on media consumption and sedentary behaviour:

  • de Moraes AC, Carvalho HB, Siani A, Barba G, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Molnar D, Ahrens W, Wirsik N, De Henauw S, Mårild S, Lissner L, Konstabel K, Pitsiladis Y, Moreno LA; IDEFICS consortium. Incidence of high blood pressure in children - effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviors: the IDEFICS study: High blood pressure, lifestyle and children. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Feb 1;180:165-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.11.175. Epub 2014 Nov 26.
  • Hinkley T, Verbestel V, Ahrens W, Lissner L, Molnár D, Moreno LA, Pigeot I, Pohlabeln H, Reisch LA, Russo P, Veidebaum T, Tornaritis M, Williams G, De Henauw S, De Bourdeaudhuij I; IDEFICS Consortium. Early childhood electronic media use as a predictor of poorer well-being: a prospective cohort study. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 May;168(5):485-92. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.94.
  • Verbestel V, De Henauw S, Bammann K, Barba G, Hadjigeorgiou C, Eiben G, Konstabel K, Kovács E, Pitsiladis Y, Reisch L, Santaliestra-Pasías AM, Maes L, De Bourdeaudhuij I. Are context-specific measures of parental-reported physical activity and sedentary behaviour associated with accelerometer data in 2-9-year-old European children? Public Health Nutr. 2015 Apr;18(5):860-8. doi: 10.1017/S136898001400086X. Epub 2014 Jun 2.
  • Santaliestra-Pasías AM, Mouratidou T, Verbestel V, Bammann K, Molnar D, Sieri S, Siani A, Veidebaum T, Mårild S, Lissner L, Hadjigeorgiou C, Reisch L, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Moreno LA. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in European children: the IDEFICS study. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Oct;17(10):2295-306. doi: 10.1017/S1368980013002486. Epub 2013 Oct 8.

Lissner L, Lanfer A, Gwozdz W, Olafsdottir S, Eiben G, Moreno LA, Santaliestra-Pasías AM, Kovács E, Barba G, Loit HM, Kourides Y, Pala V, Pohlabeln H, De Henauw S, Buchecker K, Ahrens W, Reisch L. Television habits in relation to overweight, diet and taste preferences in European children: the IDEFICS study. Eur J Epidemiol. 2012 Sep;27(9):705-15. doi: 10.1007/s10654-012-9718-2. Epub 2012 Aug 22.