Table 1

Descriptive characteristics of the sample at baseline (age 10) relative to TV viewing at follow-up (age 42)

Variable at baselineDaily TV viewing at age 42p Value
<1 h/days (n=1061)1–3 h/days (n=3581)>3 h/days (n=1546)
Gender
 Boys456 (43.0)1713 (47.8)776 (50.2)0.001
 Girls605 (57.0)1868 (52.2)770 (49.8)
TV viewing at age 10
 Never/sometimes285 (26.9)787 (22.0)265 (17.1)<0.001
 Often776 (73.1)2794 (78.0)1281 (82.9)
Playing sports at age 10
 Never/sometimes523 (49.3)1626 (45.4)706 (45.7)0.08
 Often538 (50.7)1955 (54.6)840 (54.3)
Body mass index at age 10 (kg/m2)16.9±2.016.9±2.116.8±2.10.20
Fathers body mass index (at child age 10 years)24.1±2.924.3±2.924.7±3.10.001
Fathers’ socio-occupational class (child's age 10 years)
 Managerial120 (11.3)263 (7.3)58 (3.8)<0.001
 Professional370 (34.9)995 (27.8)306 (19.8)
 Intermediate (skilled and non-skilled)454 (42.8)1872 (52.3)880 (56.9)
 Routine/manual117 (11.0)451 (12.6)302 (19.5)
  • Percentages denoted in brackets.