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

M.J. Duncan, S.L. Birch, E. Eyre, E. Bryant, C. Rutten, F. Boen, J. Seghers

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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
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)290-292
    JournalAnnals of Human Biology
    Volume42
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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    Keywords

    • Cross-cultural
    • obesity
    • pedometry
    • physical activity

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