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Factors that alter body fat, body mass, and fat-free mass in pediatric obesity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11880814     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to quantify the effects of exercise treatment programs on changes in body mass, fat-free mass, and body fat in obese children and adolescents. METHODS: By using the meta-analytic approach, studies that met the following criteria were included in our analyses: 1) at least six subjects per group; 2) subject groups consisting of children in the 5- to 17-yr age range; 3) pretest and posttest values for either body mass, percent body fat, or fat-free mass (FFM); 4) used exercise as a mode of treatment (e.g., walking, jogging, cycle ergometry, high-repetition resistance exercise, and combinations); 6) training programs >or= 3 wk; 7) full-length publications (not conference proceedings); 8) apparently "healthy" children (i.e., free from endocrine diseases and disorders); and 9) published studies in English language journals only. RESULTS: A total of 120 investigations were located that addressed the issue of exercise as a method of treatment in pediatric obesity. Of those, 30 met our criteria for inclusion. Across all designs and categories, fixed-effects modeling yielded significant decreases in the following dependent variables: 1) percent body fat (mean = 0.70 +/- 0.35; 95% CI = 0.21 to 1.1); 2) FFM (mean = 0.50 +/- 0.38; 95% CI = 0.03 to 0.57); 3) body mass (mean = 0.34 +/- 0.18; 95% CI = 0.01 to 0.46); 4) BMI (mean = 0.76 +/- 0.55; 95% CI = 4.24 to 1.7), and 5) VO2max (mean = 0.52 +/- 0.16; 95% CI = 0.18 to 0.89), respectively. Significant differences were found as a function of the type intervention groups (exercise vs exercise + behavioral modification; P < 0.04); body composition assessment methods (skinfold vs hydrostatic weighing, DEXA, and total body water; P < 0.006); exercise intensity (60-65%, vs >or= 71% VO2max; P < 0.01); duration (<or= 30 min vs > 30 min; P < 0.03); and mode (aerobic vs aerobic + resistance training; P < 0.02). Stepwise linear regression suggested that initial body fat levels (or body mass), type of treatment intervention, exercise intensity, and exercise mode accounted for most of the variance associated with changes in body composition after training. CONCLUSIONS: Exercise is efficacious for reducing selected body composition variables in children and adolescents. The most favorable alterations in body composition occurred with 1) low-intensity, long-duration exercise; 2) aerobic exercise combined with high-repetition resistance training; and 3) exercise programs combined with a behavioral-modification component.
Linda M LeMura; Michael T Maziekas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0195-9131     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-06     Completed Date:  2002-04-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  487-96     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Graduate Program in Exercise Science, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Composition*
Child, Preschool
Obesity / physiopathology*
Oxygen Consumption

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