Physical activity levels of Hong Kong Chinese children: Relationship with body fat

Ann V. Rowlands*, Roger G. Eston, Lobo H T LOUIE, David K. Ingledew, Tom K K TONG, Frank H K FU

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between habitual physical activity and body fatness in Hong Kong Chinese children. Fifty children aged 8-11 yrs wore a uniaxial accelerometer for 7 days to determine physical activity levels. The sum of seven skinfolds was used to estimate body fatness. Activity counts summed over 1 day (299384 ± 140427, mean ± SD) were similar to activity counts recorded in previous studies. Activity correlated significantly negatively with sum of skinfolds in boys (r = - .50, N = 24, P < .05) but not girls. In conclusion this study supports a negative relationship between physical activity and body fatness in Hong Kong Chinese boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-296
Number of pages11
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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