Commercial TV viewing in the home was found to be related to greater junk food consumption among children, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan.
The researchers at the University of Michigan interviewed over 100 parents about a wide variety of home and family characteristics, including child and parent media exposure, and child dietary intake.
Kristen Harrison and Mericarmen Peralta, conducted separate interviews with children in preschools to get a sense of what children thought made up a healthy meal.
The aim of the research was to see how family characteristics were associated with children’s dietary intake and perceptions of healthy meals.
Using food security as a marker, Harrison found that the media-junk food link is very strong among food-secure people, and almost zero among food-insecure people.