The Influence of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Walkability on TV Viewing Time

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Influences on TV viewing time, which is associated with adverse health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes, need clarification. We assessed the relation of neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) and walkability with TV viewing time in the Black Women’s Health Study, a prospective study of African American women.


We created neighborhood SES and walkability scores using data from the U.S. census and other sources. We estimated odds ratios for TV viewing 5+ hours/day compared with 0–1 hours/day for quintiles of neighborhood SES and walkability scores.


Neighborhood SES was inversely associated with TV viewing time. The odds ratio for watching 5+ hours/day in the highest compared with the lowest quintile of neighborhood SES was 0.66 (95% CI 0.54–0.81). Neighborhood walkability was not associated with TV viewing time.


Neighborhood SES should be considered in devising strategies to combat the high levels of sedentariness prevalent in African American women.

Coogan, Palmer, and Rosenberg are with the Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University, Boston, MA. White is with the Dept of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Evans is with the Data Coordinating Center, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA.