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Exercise tolerance and physical activity levels in children referred to a weight reduction clinic.
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PMID:  16548219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to investigate exercise tolerance and physical activity levels in children with exogenous obesity. Measures included BMI, waist circumference, exercise tolerance and self reported physical activity. Exercise tolerance was measured by the Modified Balke Treadmill Protocol and results were compared to normal values. Physical activity levels were assessed by measuring energy expended in regular activities each week over the past year and number of hours spent watching TV/video using an adaptation of the 'Modifiable Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents'. Details on transport to school were also obtained. Forty five children between September 2002 and June 2004 were assessed. This group comprised of 25 girls and 20 boys with mean ages (standard deviation) of 11.9 +/- 3.0 years and 13.7 +/- 2.5 years respectively. Exercise tolerance as a percentage of normal was below minimal levels in 64% girls and 75% boys. Energy expended in regular activity was less than the minimal recommendation in 80% girls and 65% boys. Seventy six percent of girls and 70% of boys spent 2 hours or more per day watching television and 40% of girls and 70% of boys walked to school. The low levels of activity and exercise tolerance need to be addressed in the managemeni of children with obesity
J Hussey; J Gormley; C Bell; E F Roche; H Hoey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish medical journal     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0332-3102     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir Med J     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-21     Completed Date:  2006-04-07     Revised Date:  2009-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0430275     Medline TA:  Ir Med J     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  46-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiotherapy, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care Facilities*
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Tolerance / physiology*
Obesity / diagnosis*
Weight Loss*

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