Physical Activity, Physical Fitness and Overweight in Early Schoolchildren
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate physical activity and physical fitness levels in children 7-8 years old with different body mass index (BMI). Methods: Eighty nine children (age 7.6 ± 0.4) participated in this study. BMI was used as obesity indicator and children were categorized in normal-weight and overweight/obese groups. Daily physical activity was assessed by RT3 accelerometer (Stayhealthy Inc, Monrovia, CA) and physical fitness was assessed using the European physical fitness test battery (Eurofit). Results: Analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicated no significant differences in the average daily total counts of physical activity and in scores of four fitness tests between the overweight/obese and normal-weight group (p>0.05). However, boys were significantly more physically active than girls (p<0.05) and the level of physical activity was higher on weekdays than on weekend for both BMI groups (p<0.05). Conclusion: The results indicate that physical activity is not the main contributing factor for childhood overweight at this age. Sufficient levels of daily physical activity were also shown to lead in good physical performance.
This record is part of 'IKEE', the Institutional Repository of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki's Library and Information Centre found at http://ikee.lib.auth.gr. Unless otherwise stated above, the record metadata were created by and belong to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Library, Greece and are made available to the public under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0).
Unless otherwise stated in the record, the content and copyright of files and fulltext documents belong to their respective authors. Out-of-copyright content that was digitized, converted, processed, modified, etc by AUTh Library, is made available to the public under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0). You are kindly requested to make a reference to AUTh Library and the URL of the record containing the resource whenever you make use of this material.
*Η εύρυθμη και αδιάλειπτη λειτουργία των διαδικτυακών διευθύνσεων των συλλογών (ψηφιακό αρχείο, καρτέλα τεκμηρίου στο αποθετήριο) είναι αποκλειστική ευθύνη των αντίστοιχων Φορέων περιεχομένου.