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Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(1): 47-49.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.09
PMID: 28058242
PMCID: PMC5209651
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Advertisements for children’s entertainment products in a popular parenting magazine: sedentary or active?

Corey H. Basch 1*, Aleksandar Kecojevic 1, Valerie Cadorett 1, Charles E. Basch 2

1 Department of Public Health, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ 07470, USA
2 Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, NY 10027, USA

Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to describe advertisements of children’s entertainment products in a popular magazine, Parents, and to determine if they illustrated behavior that was physically active or sedentary.

Methods: The sample was comprised of Parents magazines (January 2010 to December 2015). Coding involved determining if the advertisement was promoting sedentary or active behavior.

Results: Nearly all of the 169 advertisements in the sample (n = 166; 97.6%) were for products that depicted sedentary behavior. The most common types of entertainment products advertised were DVDs (n = 72), plastic stacking products (n = 18), books (n=14), and electronic devices (n = 13). The most popular theme that appeared in the advertisements was the entertainment product would enhance intelligence (n = 85; 50.3%, 95% CI: 0.43-0.58). The overwhelming majority (n = 136; 80.5%. 95% CI: 0.76-0.87) of the advertisements involved the presence of a character.

Conclusion: This type of advertising does not contribute to the nation’s goals of increasing physical activity among youth.

Keywords: Children, Sedentary, Entertainment products, Advertisements
Citation: Basch CH, Kecojevic A, Cadorett V, Basch CE. Advertisements for children’s entertainment products in a popular parenting magazine: sedentary or active? Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(1):47-49. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.09.
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Submitted: 23 Aug 2016
Revision: 28 Sep 2016
Accepted: 21 Oct 2016
ePublished: 18 Dec 2016
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