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First Advisor

Chomentowski, Peter J.

Second Advisor

Wahl-Alexander, Zachary

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE)


Television viewing is one of the most popular sedentary activities in America. Sedentary behavior has been linked to increased risk of obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortalities. While many studies have focused on associations in children and middle aged to older adults, there is a dearth of literature regarding young college aged students. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between daily television screen time viewing and markers of physical fitness and body composition in young college aged students. METHODS: The sample population consisted of 141 Northern Illinois University young college aged students. Subjects completed a screening visit which included IRB consent, inclusion criteria, a screen time survey, and body composition assessment. Seven days later the subjects returned to complete the countermovement jump assessment of lower body anaerobic power and the aerobic capacity PACER test to assess cardiorespiratory fitness. RESULTS: There was a significant positive correlation between daily time spent watching TV and vertical jump displacement for the very low viewing time group, rs = .352, p = .032. There was a significant positive correlation between daily time spent watching TV and PACER laps completed for the very low viewing time group, rs = .376, p .022 and the very high TV viewing group rs = -.340, p = .049. There was no statistically significant association between daily time spent watching TV and body fat composition. CONCLUSION: Lesser amounts of daily television viewing in young college age adults is associated with greater lower body power production and greater cardiorespiratory fitness. Higher amounts of daily television viewing are associated with decreased cardiorespiratory fitness.

Keywords: Cardiorespiratory fitness, countermovement jump, body composition, television viewing


50 pages




Northern Illinois University

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