Comparisons in ambulatory physical activity in children from the United Kingdom and Belgium

Duncan, Michael J. and Birch, Samantha L. and Eyre, Emma and Bryant, Elizabeth and Rutten, Cindy and Boen, Filip and Seghers, Jan (2014) Comparisons in ambulatory physical activity in children from the United Kingdom and Belgium. Annals of Human Biology . pp. 1-3. ISSN 0301-4460

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Abstract

Aim: This study sought to examine ambulatory physical activity levels in adolescents from the UK and Belgium.

Methods: Following ethics approval, 2760 children (1247 boys, 1513 girls), aged 9–14 years from Belgium (n = 1614) and the UK (n = 1146), wore a pedometer for 4 days including at least 1 weekend day. Body mass index (BMI) was determined from height and mass.

Results: A 2 (gender) × 2 (country) way ANCOVA, controlling for age and BMI, revealed a significant country-by-gender interaction for steps/day (p = 0.0001). In both Belgium and the UK, boys were more physically active than girls (both p = 0.0001), but the difference between boys and girls was greater for Belgian than UK children.

Conclusion: These results suggest there are differences in the ambulatory physical activity patterns of children in the UK and Belgium.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Posted online on August 13, 2014
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Physiology at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 15590
Depositing User: Lizi Bryant
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:33
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15590

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