Is Television Bad for Your Health? Behavior and Body Image of the Adolescent “Couch Potato”

  title={Is Television Bad for Your Health? Behavior and Body Image of the Adolescent “Couch Potato”},
  author={J. Van den Bulck},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
This article examines the potential health effects of television. A survey of 1035 Flemish 17- and 18-year-olds shows that eating snacks and drinking regularly accompany viewing. Television was also shown to influence sleeping and family meals. Heavy viewers did not, however, appear to be more passive than lighter viewers. Their indulgence in sports did not differ, but content-specific relationships with going out appear to exist. In this group no link between viewing and obesity was found, but… Expand
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