Rennie, KL, Livingstone, Barbara, Wells, JC, McGloin, A, Coward, WA, Prentice, AM and Jebb, SA (2005) Association of physical activity with body-corn position indexes in children aged 6-8 y at varied risk of obesity. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 82 (1). pp. 13-20. [Journal article]
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Background: Physical inactivity increases the risk of obesity, but the relations between reported levels of physical activity (PA) and measures of body fatness (BF) in children are remarkably inconsistent. Objective: We examined the relation between objective measures of PA and body-composition indexes in nonobese children. Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 100 children aged 6-8 y who were recruited according to their risk of future obesity: high-risk children had ! I obese parent [body mass index (BMI; in kg/m(2)): > 30] and low-risk children had 2 nonobese biological parents (BMI: < 30). Free-living activity energy expenditure (AEE) and PA level were calculated from 7-d doubly labeled water measurements, time spent in light-intensity activity was assessed by heart rate monitoring, and body composition was determined from isotopic dilution. To adjust for body size, fat mass and fat-free mass were normalized for height and expressed as fat mass index (FMI) and lean mass index (LMI), respectively. Results: High-risk children had significantly higher BMI, LMI, and FMI than did low-risk children, but no group differences in PA were found. AEE and PA level were positively associated with LMI and, after adjustment for sex and fat-free mass, negatively associated with FMI but not with BMI. Boys who spent more than the median time in light-intensity activities had significantly higher FMI than did less sedentary boys. This difference was not observed in girls. Conclusions: AEE and PA level were negatively associated with BF in nonobese children. Accurate measures of body composition are essential to appropriate assessment of relations between PA and obesity risk.
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Faculties and Schools:||Faculty of Life and Health Sciences|
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
|Research Institutes and Groups:||Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)|
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
|Deposited By:||Dr Tracy McCaffrey|
|Deposited On:||13 Jan 2010 20:20|
|Last Modified:||01 Nov 2011 11:44|
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