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ERIC Number: EJ990062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
BMI Group-Related Differences in Physical Fitness and Physical Activity in Preschool-Age Children: A Cross-Sectional Analysis
Niederer, Iris; Kriemler, Susi; Zahner, Lukas; Burgi, Flavia; Ebenegger, Vincent; Marques- Vidal, Pedro; Puder, Jardena J.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v83 n1 p12-19 Mar 2012
In the Ballabeina study, we investigated age- and BMI-group-related differences in aerobic fitness (20 m shuttle run), agility (obstacle course), dynamic (balance beam) and static balance (balance platform), and physical activity (PA, accelerometers) in 613 children (M age = 5.1 years, SD = 0.6). Normal weight (NW) children performed better than overweight (OW) children in aerobic fitness, agility, and dynamic balance (all p less than 0.001), while OW children had a better static balance (p less than 0.001). BMI-group-related differences in aerobic fitness and agility were larger in older children (p for interaction with age = 0.01) in favor of the NW children. PA did not differ between NW and OW (p greater than or equal to 0.1), but did differ between NW and obese children (p less than 0.05). BMI-group-related differences in physical fitness can already be present in preschool-age children. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland