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Childhood obesity and walking: guidelines and challenges


Shultz, SP and Browning, RC and Schutz, Y and Maffeis, C and Hills, AP, Childhood obesity and walking: guidelines and challenges, International journal of pediatric obesity, 6, (5-6) pp. 332-41. ISSN 1747-7166 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/17477166.2011.590202


The development and maintenance of excess body mass in many children is partly attributable to levels of physical activity that are lower than the recommended 60 minutes/day. Walking is a recommended form of physical activity for obese children, due to its convenience and perceived ease of adoption. Unfortunately, studies that have used objective physical activity assessment continue to report low step counts and levels of physical activity in obese children. This may be due to physiological and/or biomechanical factors that make walking more difficult for obese children. The purpose of this review is to highlight the current recommended and measured levels of physical activity for children and to discuss the physiological and biomechanical challenges of walking for obese children that may help explain why these children are not meeting physical activity goals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
ID Code:110758
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-08-12
Last Modified:2016-08-12

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