Screen Time Engagement Is Increased in Urban Children with Asthma

Alexandra P. Rota, Leonard B. Bacharier, Katy Jaffee, Cynthia M. Visness, Meyer Kattan, George T. O'Connor, Robert A. Wood, Peter J. Gergen, James E. Gern, Gordon R. Bloomberg

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Physical activity in children has been shown to play a role in its relationship to asthma, both in terms of prevalence and incidence. One measure of physical activity in children is sedentary behavior, which might be measured by the degree of engagement with media electronic screens. We found that children with asthma, as compared with children without asthma, engage in significantly more hours of screen time (median 35 vs 26 h/wk, P =.004). In this birth cohort, those who developed a diagnosis of asthma at 8 years of age were significantly more engaged in electronic screen time than their peers. No other clinical or lifestyle behaviors were significantly associated with a diagnosis of asthma. Further study will be needed to determine directionality of this finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1048-1053
Number of pages6
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • asthma
  • disadvantaged
  • inner city
  • media
  • screen time
  • urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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