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Obesity and Its Association with Inadequate sleep and TV Watching

Ononaojoh, Georgina (2022) Obesity and Its Association with Inadequate sleep and TV Watching. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This study explored obesity and its association with inadequate sleep and tv watching in Ireland. This was done by examining body mass index which was calculated and specific types of screens such as (television and computer) along with different indicators of sleep (quality and duration). The study also accounted for gender differences within variables. Previous studies suggest that tv watching leads to a reduced likelihood of engaging in social activity as screen time takes a large amount of free time and encourages unhealthy eating habits along with inadequate sleep, hence promoting the likelihood of weight gain. This research focused on buttressing the points identified in prior research with the sample of n = 59 ranging from 18-23 as these are the ages to be affected by changes in tv watching routine. A questionnaire was completed measuring sleep, tv watching (sedentary time) and BMI levels in young adults. With the use of a t-test, results showed that there was no significant difference in scores for males and females in relation to sleep and sedentary time. Pearson correlation demonstrated a significant relationship between the variables, and standard multiple regression explained 23.4% of the variation in BMI levels. The present study implies that policy or health guidelines in relation to the impact of obesity and lack of physical activity can be beneficial to society hence a reason to minimise sedentary behaviour and improve quality sleep between individuals.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body mass index; sleep; tv watching; sedentary behaviours; weight gain; physical activity
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal Health and Hygiene
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 08:59
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 08:59
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5675

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