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Author(s): Luísa Aires
Rute Santos
Pedro Silva
Paula Santos
José Oliveira
José C. Ribeiro
Carla Rego
Jorge Mota
Title: Daily differences in patterns of physical activity among overweight/obese children engaged in a physical activity program
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: The aim of this study was to compare the physical activity of overweight/obese children during days when they attended a physical activity program, and days when they did not. This is a cross-sectional intervention study of daily physical activity. The participants were referred by family, doctors, or hospital pediatricians to take part in a 10-month interdisciplinary, outpatient obesity intervention program for children. The subjects included 41 overweight and obese children aged 8-16 years, 19 boys (46%) and 22 girls (54%); BMI: 25.7 + 3.3 kg m(-2). The MTI Actigraph was used as an objective measure of daily physical activity over seven consecutive days. Physical activity program days presented a significantly higher percentage of time (4.68%) spent in moderate-to-vigorous activity compared with no physical activity program days (3.16%) and weekend (2.7%). The results of this study suggest that a physical activity program can help increasing daily physical activity in obese children, with a special focus on MVPA level. Our data point that obese children are less active at weekend than during weekdays. Am.
Subject: Ciências biológicas
Biological sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências exactas e naturais::Ciências biológicas
Natural sciences::Biological sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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