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Titolo: Physical activity, adiposity and urbanization level in children: Results for the italian cohort of the IDEFICS study

Anno di pubblicazione: 2013

Autori: Donatiello E.; Dello Russo M.; Formisano A.; Lauria F.; Nappo A.; Reineke A.; Sparano S.; Barba G.; Russo P.; Siani A.

Affiliazioni autori: Epidemiology and Population Genetics, Institute of Food Sciences, CNR, Avellino, Italy; BIPS - Institute for Epidemiology and Prevention Research GmbH, Bremen, Germany

Autori CNR:

  • GIANVINCENZO BARBA
  • MARIKA DELLO RUSSO
  • EMILIA DONATIELLO
  • ANNARITA FORMISANO
  • FABIO LAURIA
  • ANNUNZIATA NAPPO
  • PAOLA RUSSO
  • ALFONSO SIANI
  • SONIA SPARANO

Lingua: inglese

Abstract: Objectives: While there is extensive evidence about the influence of environmental factors on adult obesity, fewer studies have assessed how the environment influences body fat in children. This cross-sectional study investigated the distribution of adiposity indices according to urbanization level and patterns of physical activity among children in the Italian cohort of the IDEFICS study. Methods: The sample included 1673 preschool and school-aged children (mean age 6.1 years, standard deviation 1.7) living in rural (. n=579), suburban (. n=442) and urban (. n=652) areas. Anthropometric measures were taken and questionnaires were used to assess children's lifestyles, including patterns of physical activity. Results: Children who lived in rural areas spent significantly more time in outdoor activities but participated in less structured physical activity compared with children living in suburban and urban areas. Adiposity estimated by the sum of skinfold thickness increased linearly from rural to urban areas, with results for suburban areas showing intermediate values. Conclusions: The data show that geographical environmental factors influence patterns of physical activity and body fat in children. In particular, the results suggest an association between the time spent in unstructured outdoor activities and the degree of adiposity in schoolchildren. These results may have implications for public health, including efforts to increase freely available playgrounds as an effective measure to counteract the obesity epidemic in children. © 2013 The Royal Society for Public Health.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 761

Pagine a: 765

Rivista:

Public health Elsevier Science
Paese di pubblicazione: Regno Unito
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0033-3506

Numero volume: 127

Numero fascicolo: 8

DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2013.04.031

Referee: Ś: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: Scopus [2-s2.0-84883253384]

Parole chiave:

  • Childhood obesity
  • IDEFICS
  • Physical activity
  • Urbanization level

URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84883253384&partnerID=q2rCbXpz

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