Physical Activity factors for childhood overweight and obesity

Nayak, Baby S and Bhat, Vinod H (2011) Physical Activity factors for childhood overweight and obesity. i-manager’s Journal on Nursing, 1 (1). pp. 6-10.

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Overweight and obesity and their health consequences have been recognized as major public health problems in worldwide. A significant increasing trend in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents has been documented over the last few decades in developed and in developing countries. The present study attempted to identify the most common physical factors of childhood overweight and obesity. A case control study was carried out among 310 obese (cases) and 384 nonobese (control) children from selected schools of Udupi district. Based on the BMI children were classified as obese or non-obese. A structured questionnaire was administered to assess the physical activity level of the children. The results of the study shows that the physical activity risk factors associated with childhood obesity are less than two hours of physical education per week, sedentary activity after school hours, spending more than two hours per day in video games and watching television, spending more than two hours per day on sedentary activity, never participating in team sports, less than two hours of vigorous physical activity per week, less than 3 sessions per week of muscle training activity. Finally sedentary lifestyle is the most common factor for childhood obesity. Measures should be initiated at the early age to prevent and control childhood obesity

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sedentary Lifestyle, Overweight, Obesity, Physical Activity, Risk Factors.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 04:23
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 14:18

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