Activity patterns of preschool-aged children at risk for obesity

Senso, Meghan M., Trost, Stewart G., Crain, A. Lauren, Seburg, Elisabeth M., Anderson, Julie D. and Sherwood, Nancy E. (2015) Activity patterns of preschool-aged children at risk for obesity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12 6: 861-868. doi:10.1123/jpah.2013-0503

Author Senso, Meghan M.
Trost, Stewart G.
Crain, A. Lauren
Seburg, Elisabeth M.
Anderson, Julie D.
Sherwood, Nancy E.
Title Activity patterns of preschool-aged children at risk for obesity
Journal name Journal of Physical Activity and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-3080
Publication date 2015-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2013-0503
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 12
Issue 6
Start page 861
End page 868
Total pages 8
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Although the prevalence of obesity in young children highlights the importance of early interventions to promote physical activity (PA), there are limited data on activity patterns in this age group. The purpose of this study was to describe activity patterns in preschool-aged children and explore differences by weight status. Methods: Analyses use baseline data from Healthy Homes/Healthy Kids–Preschool, a pilot obesity prevention trial of preschool-aged children who are overweight or at risk for being overweight. A modified parent-reported version of the previous-day PA recall was used to summarize types of activity. Accelerometry was used to summarize daily and hourly activity patterns. Results: “Playing with toys” accounted for the largest proportion of a child’s previous day, followed by “meals and snacks” and “chores.” Accelerometry-measured daily time spent in sedentary behavior, light PA, and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) was 412, 247, and 69 minutes, respectively. Percentage of hourly time spent in MVPA ranged from 3% to 13%, peaking in the late morning and evening hours. There were no statistically significant MVPA differences by weight status. Conclusions: This study extends our understanding of activity types, amounts, and patterns in preschool-aged children and warrants further exploration of differences in PA patterns by weight status.
Keyword Accelerometer
Sedentary behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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