Association of Television Watching Practices of Mothers on Overweight and Obesity of Their Under-5 Offspring in Urban Bangladesh


Childhood overweight and obesity, is an emerging public health concern in developing countries like Bangladesh. However, regular television watching by child’s mother and its impact on excess weight gain or overweight and obesity to their offspring is not reported elsewhere. The aim of the present analysis was to determine the socio-demographic characteristics among overweight and obese children based on those mothers who watch television regularly and compare this finding with malnourished and well-nourished under-5 children. A total of 20,800 under-5 children were enrolled during 1996 to 2012 in the Diarrheal Disease Surveillance System (DDSS) of Dhaka Hospital of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Mean weight-for-age z-score (–1.61 vs. –2.30; mean difference: ?0.69; p < 0.001), height-for-age z-score (–1.42 vs. –1.99; –0.57; <0.001), weight-for-height z-score (–1.59 vs. –1.07; –0.53; <0.001), BMI-for-age z-score (–1.09 vs. –1.61, –0.52; <0.001) differed significantly between the children whose mother did and did not watch television regularly. Under-5 children whose mother watched television regularly (2%) compared to those who did not (1%), had 2.28 [(95% CI-1.61 - 3.24) p < 0.001] times increased odds of being overweight and obese. Television watching of mothers is associated with childhood overweight and obesity and is one of the most public health concerns in Bangladesh. These changes may be in part of better socio-economic condition, changes in life style behaviour and dietary pattern.

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Das, J. , Das, S. , Ahmed, S. , Chisti, M. , Sarker, M. , Farzana, F. , Ferdous, F. , Malek, M. , Rahman, A. , Faruque, A. and Mamun, A. (2014) Association of Television Watching Practices of Mothers on Overweight and Obesity of Their Under-5 Offspring in Urban Bangladesh. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5, 1811-1817. doi: 10.4236/fns.2014.519195.

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