Associations between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and central body fat in 3-8-year-old children

David Martinez-Gomez, Joey C. Eisenmann, Jared Tucker, Catherine A Heelan, Gregory J. Welk

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The aim of this study was to examine the associations between objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and central body fat (CBF) indicators by anthropometry and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in young children. This study comprised 110 children aged 3-8 years. The associations between MVPA and CBF measures by anthropometry (waist circumference, waist-to-height ratio, skinfold thicknesses [subscapular, suprailiac, trunk-to-extremity and trunk-to-total skinfold ratios] and total trunk-to-waist circumference), DXA (trunk fat) and a combination of both (total trunk skinfolds-to-trunk fat by DXA) were examined by linear regression. Levels of MVPA showed a significant inverse association with 8 of 9 indicators of CBF after controlling for age, gender and height, and fat-free mass. When total fat mass measured by DXA was included into the model, levels of MVPA remained significantly associated with 6 of 9 indicators of CBF. The results highlight the plausible role of MVPA on CBF in young children but longitudinal studies are necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e611-e614
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Obesity
Volume6
Issue number2 -2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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Photon Absorptiometry
Adipose Tissue
Exercise
Fats
Anthropometry
Waist Circumference
Body Weights and Measures
Skinfold Thickness
Longitudinal Studies
Linear Models
Extremities

Keywords

  • Accelerometer
  • Body composition
  • Children
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Health Policy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Associations between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and central body fat in 3-8-year-old children. / Martinez-Gomez, David; Eisenmann, Joey C.; Tucker, Jared; Heelan, Catherine A; Welk, Gregory J.

In: International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Vol. 6, No. 2 -2, 01.06.2011, p. e611-e614.

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Martinez-Gomez, David ; Eisenmann, Joey C. ; Tucker, Jared ; Heelan, Catherine A ; Welk, Gregory J. / Associations between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and central body fat in 3-8-year-old children. In: International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. 2011 ; Vol. 6, No. 2 -2. pp. e611-e614.
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