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Bone health, activity and sedentariness at age 11-12 years: Cross-sectional Australian population-derived study


Osborn, W and Simm, P and Olds, T and Lycett, K and Mensah, FK and Muller, J and Fraysse, F and Ismail, N and Vlok, J and Burgner, D and Carlin, JB and Edwards, B and Dwyer, T and Azzopardi, P and Ranganathan, S and Wake, M, Bone health, activity and sedentariness at age 11-12 years: Cross-sectional Australian population-derived study, Bone, 112 pp. 153-160. ISSN 8756-3282 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.bone.2018.04.011


Aim: To examine cross-sectional associations of children's bone health (size, density, strength) with moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary behaviour by considering: (1) duration of activity, (2) fragmentation, and (3) duration/fragmentation combined.

Methods: Design: Population-based cross-sectional study.

Participants: 11-12 year-olds in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's Child Health CheckPoint. Exposures: MVPA and sedentary behaviour (7-day accelerometry), yielding (1) daily average durations (min/day) and (2) fragmentations (the parameter alpha, representing the relationship between activity bout frequency and bout length).

Outcomes: Tibial peripheral quantitative computed tomography (bone density, geometry, strength).

Analysis: Multivariable regression models including activity durations and fragmentations separately and combined.

Results: Of 1357 children attending the CheckPoint, 864 (64%) provided both bone and accelerometry data (mean age 11.4 years (standard deviation (SD) 0.5); 49% male). Mean daily MVPA and sedentary behaviour durations were 34.4 min/day (SD 28.3) and 667.9 min/day (SD 71.9) respectively for boys and girls combined. Each additional daily hour of MVPA was associated with small bone health benefits comprising greater periosteal and endosteal circumference (standardised effect sizes 0.25, 95% CI 0.10 to 0.40 and 0.21, 95% CI 0.03 to 0.39, respectively) and bone strength (0.26, 95% CI 0.14 to 0.38). Sedentary duration and fragmentation of either MVPA or sedentary behaviour showed little association with bone health.

Conclusions: In early adolescence, MVPA duration showed associations with better bone health that, while modest, could be of population-level importance. MVPA fragmentation and sedentary behaviour duration and fragmentation seemed less important.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bone health, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, pQCT, accelerometry, adolescents
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Paediatrics
Research Field:Adolescent health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Adolescent health
UTAS Author:Dwyer, T (Professor Terry Dwyer)
ID Code:151749
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-08-04
Last Modified:2022-09-08

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