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Study analyzes how culture impacts health

May 07, 2019 - 5:01 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An extremely important study in the journal Pediatrics provides a great window into how our culture can have impacts on our health in the United States. 

The study analyzed almost 400 of the biggest box offices movies and how many of them, in a fifteen year period, shown the main character partake in violence, engage in sex, alcohol or tobacco related behavior.

The results would show that nearly 9 out 10 of the movies portrayed the main character act violently. In almost 8 out 10 movies, the study says, main characters engaged in sex, alcohol, or tobacco related behavior.

Ratings for the movies had very little impact, the study says. There was essentially no difference between the most popular PG-13 and R rated movies in showing main characters involved in violence and alcohol use, as well as sexual behavior.

This is very important because studies have shown how young people are influenced by what they see in movies and video games.