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Can we modulate physical activity in children?

Reilly, John J (2011) Can we modulate physical activity in children? International Journal of Obesity, 35. pp. 1266-1269. ISSN 0307-0565

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Abstract

There is concern that interventions that use physical activity to prevent obesity in children might be undermined by an ‘Activitystat’, which exerts an effect to maintain a low set point for physical activity. The present critique summarises evidence from systematic reviews of interventions, from empirical tests of the Activitystat hypothesis, from studies on the heritability of physical activity in childhood and the physical activity of children of and adolescents across a wide range of physical and cultural environments. This body of evidence is inconsistent with the Activitystat hypothesis in its current form, and suggests that the emphasis on physical activity in obesity prevention interventions in children should be increased, not reduced.

Item type: Article
ID code: 32008
Keywords: child health, obesity, weight, obesity prevention, Child Health. Child health services, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Medicine (miscellaneous), Nutrition and Dietetics
Subjects: Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2011 09:57
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:27
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/32008

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