Physical activity in overweight and nonoverweight preschool children

Trost, S.G., Sirard, J.R., Dowda, M., Pfeiffer, K.A. and Pate, R.R. (2003) Physical activity in overweight and nonoverweight preschool children. International Journal of Obesity, 27 7: 834-839. doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0802311

Author Trost, S.G.
Sirard, J.R.
Dowda, M.
Pfeiffer, K.A.
Pate, R.R.
Title Physical activity in overweight and nonoverweight preschool children
Journal name International Journal of Obesity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0307-0565
Publication date 2003-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802311
Volume 27
Issue 7
Start page 834
End page 839
Total pages 6
Editor R. L. Atkinson
I. Macdonald
J. Wilde
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730204 Child health
Formatted abstract
To compare the physical activity levels of overweight and non overweight 3- to 5-y-old children while attending preschool. A secondary aim was to evaluate weight-related differences in hypothesized parental determinants of child physical activity behavior.

Cross-sectional study.

A total of 245, 3- to 5-y-olds ( 127 girls, 118 boys) and their parent(s) ( 242 mothers, 173 fathers) recruited from nine preschools. Overweight status determined using the age- and sex-specific 85th percentile for body mass index (BMI) from CDC Growth Charts.

Physical activity during the preschool day was assessed on multiple days via two independent objective measures-direct observation using the observation system for recording activity in preschools ( OSRAP) and real-time accelerometry using the MTI/CSA 7164 accelerometer. Parents completed a take-home survey assessing sociodemographic information, parental height and weight, modeling of physical activity, support for physical activity, active toys and sporting equipment at home, child's television watching, frequency of park visitation, and perceptions of child competence.

Overweight boys were significantly less active than their nonoverweight peers during the preschool day. No significant differences were observed in girls. Despite a strong association between childhood overweight status and parental obesity, no significant differences were observed for the hypothesized parental influences on physical activity behavior.

Our results suggest that a significant proportion of overweight children may be at increased risk for further gains in adiposity because of low levels of physical activity during the preschool day.
Keyword Endocrinology & Metabolism
Nutrition & Dietetics
Body Mass Index
Early Childhood
Body-mass Index
Feeding Practices
Activity Level
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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