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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of participating 4–7 year old children and households.

From: Relationship between parental estimate and an objective measure of child television watching

  Total (N = 80) TV in Bedroom (N = 19) No TV in Bedroom (N = 61)
Variable    
   Gender (boys/girls) 42/38 10/9 32/29
Demographics Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD
   Age (years) 6.0 ± 1.2 6.4 ± 1.0 5.9 ± 1.3
   BMI (kg/m2) 19.2 ± 3.0 20.1 ± 4.4 19.0 ± 2.4
   BMI percentile 90.8 ± 6.8 91.1 ± 6.7 90.7 ± 6.9
   zBMI (standardized measure of BMI) 1.6 ± 0.6 1.6 ± 0.6 1.6 ± 0.6
Environment    
   Televisions in the home 3.0 ± 1.3 4.1 ± 1.6 2.6 ± 1.0†
   Computers in the home 1.0 ± 0.6 1.0 ± 0.6 1.1 ± 0.6
   People residing in the home 4.3 ± 0.9 4.4 ± 1.0 4.2 ± 0.9
   Parental estimates of television (hours/week) 25.6 ± 13.0 26.5 ± 17.2 25.4 ± 11.5
   Actual television (hours/week) 23.4 ± 11.1 29.8 ± 14.4 21.4 ± 9.1‡
Ethnicity N (%) N (%) N (%)
   White 62 (77.5) 15 (78.9) 47 (72.1)
   African American 4 (5.0) 1 (5.3) 3 (4.9)
   Hispanic 7 (8.8) 2 (6.3) 5 (8.2)
   More than one race 7 (8.8) 1 (5.3) 6 (9.8)
  1. Note: zBMI was calculated using the National Center for Health Statistics growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [17]
  2. P < 0.001
  3. P < 0.005