Weekday and weekend variation in the distribution of daily stepping in 9-11 years old obese school children

Sharifah Wajihah Wafa, Syed Saadun Tarek Wafa and Hasmiza, Halib and N.N., Aziz and M., Rahim (2017) Weekday and weekend variation in the distribution of daily stepping in 9-11 years old obese school children. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, 10 (12). p. 20. ISSN 0974-3618

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A major health threat for children in the 21st century is physical inactivity in conjunction with the elevated prevalence of obesity.In Malaysia, low physical activity among children is a major concern. The objective of the study was to analyze the day to day variation of step count in a sample of obese children using the activPALTM monitor. This was a cross sectional study conducted in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu. The sample compromised 41 boys and 24 girls between the ages of 9-11 years. Number of steps was objectively measured using an activPALTM accelerometer over a period of 4-7 days and had their height and weight measured. Mean step count from this sample of obese children was 8861 ± 3157steps. Steps per day were significantly higher for boys compared to girls (p=0.034). Obese children took significantly more steps at weekdays than on weekends (p=0.001). Steps/hour were significantly higher in weekday compared to weekend between 0600 to 0700 (p<0.001), 0700 to 0800 (p<0.001), 0800 to 0900 am (p<0.001), 0900 to 1000 (p=0.032), 1000 to 1100 (p=0.046), 1100 to 1200 (p<0.001), 1300 to 1400 (p=0.002), 1400 to 1500 (p<0.001), 1800 to 1900 (p=0.026) and 2000 to 2100 (p=0.019). Detailed daily patterns of physical activity are required to fully understand the differences across days that help future interventions to target those falling short particularly during weekend.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical activity, obesity, school children, activPAL, step count
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Islamic Contemporary Studies
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 07:29
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 07:29
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/5790

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