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Physical activity and obesity in children

Citation

Hills, AP and Andersen, LB and Byrne, NM, Physical activity and obesity in children, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45 pp. 866-870. ISSN 0306-3674 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 The Authors

DOI: doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090199

Abstract

Globally, obesity is affecting an increasing proportion of children. Physical activity plays an important role in the prevention of becoming overweight and obese in childhood and adolescence, and reducing the risk of obesity in adulthood. Puberty and the following adolescent period are acknowledged as particularly vulnerable times for the development of obesity due to sexual maturation and, in many individuals, a concomitant reduction in physical activity. In many Western settings, a large proportion of children and adolescents do not meet recommended physical activity guidelines and, typically, those who are more physically active have lower levels of body fat than those who are less active. Active behaviours have been displaced by more sedentary pursuits which have contributed to reductions in physical activity energy expenditure. Without appropriate activity engagement there is an increased likelihood that children will live less healthy lives than their parents. Owing to the high risk of overweight adolescents becoming obese adults, the engagement of children and adolescents in physical activity and sport is a fundamental goal of obesity prevention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Community Child Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Child Health
Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:110737
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:116
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-08-11
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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