Effects of a 6-week circuit training intervention on body esteem and body mass index in British primary school children

Michael J. Duncan, Yahya Al-Nakeeb, Alan M. Nevill

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Abstract

Research examining the impact of physical activity on children’s body image has been limited and equivocal. The current researchers examined the effect of 6-week circuit-based training on body esteem and body mass index (BMI) in 68 British children (34 boys and 34 girls, aged 10–11 years, 16% overweight, 7% obese). TheBody EsteemScale for Children (BES-C)wasadministered to both the intervention groupand control group, pre, post and 6 weeks post the intervention. BMI was directly assessed fromheight and body mass pre- and post-intervention. The results of this study revealed that, as compared to the control group, participation in 6-week circuit training significantly improved body esteem scores post-intervention. However, these scores were not sustained 6 weeks post-intervention. The improvement in body esteem scores frompre- to post-interventionwasgreater for girls as compared to boys.Additionally,BMIdecreased significantly in the intervention group compared to the control group
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-220
JournalBody Image
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Body esteem
  • Weight status
  • Physical activity
  • Plyometrics

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