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2 Media Consumption as a Public Health Issue
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... Yet efforts to restrict the content of media influences have raised important questions about the types of features or interactions that warrant attention, the extent to which media choices should be restricted for certain age groups, and the need for policy interventions as well as parental and professional guidance. Early proposals for parental warning labels on CDs with explicit lyrics, for example, have been part of an extensive and frequently spirited public debate about puritanism, censorship, and the First Amendment to the U.S.
From page 5...
... The workshop participants focused on these initial areas to review how research studies currently measure important dimensions of media interactions with children and youth. EFFECTS OF VIOLENT OR SEXUAL PROGRAMMING Regardless of which metaphor is most useful for public health recommendations, a strong research base is available for some important conclusions about media exposure.
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... EFFECTS ON OBESITY The possible links between obesity and food marketing on television are another public health concern that has been investigated, and the results illustrate well some of the difficulties researchers have in tracing media effects, Wartella pointed out. A previous study reviewed 122 studies, covering four decades, of television advertising and children's diets (Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, 2006)
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... ! 44 percent of children ages 8-18 use a computer every day, and 39 percent play video games every day.

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