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Title: Evaluation of the influence of cardiorespiratory fitness on diverse health risk factors, independent of waist circumference, in 40-year-old Flemish males
Authors: Delvaux, Katrien ×
Philippaerts, Renaat
Lysens, Roeland
Vanhees, Luc
Thomis, Martine
Claessens, Albrecht
Vanreusel, Bart
Vanden Eynde, Bavo
Beunen, Gaston
Lefevre, Johan #
Issue Date: 2000
Series Title: Obesity research vol:8 issue:8 pages:553-558
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To examine whether cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with health risk factors, independent of abdominal obesity (waist circumference). RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Data from 141 40-year-old Flemish male subjects were used in a cross-sectional design. The main outcome measure in this study was the health risk profile, composed of lipid parameters, blood pressure, and body composition parameters. Data were analyzed by regression analysis and by means of analysis of covariance with waist circumference (WC) as covariate and cardiorespiratory fitness as source of variance. RESULTS: The data demonstrated that cardiorespiratory fitness was significantly associated with triglycerides, with the ratio of total cholesterol/serum high density lipoprotein cholesterol, and with percent body fat, independent of an association with WC. DISCUSSION: Major findings of the present cross-sectional study indicate that a high WC is associated with adverse health-related lipid profile and body composition characteristics and that relatively high levels of aerobic fitness attenuate the health risk associated with a large WC.
ISSN: 1071-7323
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Medicine and Revalidation Section (-)
Exercise Physiology Research Group
Research Group for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation
Department of Kinesiology - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Sociocultural Kinesiology and Sport Management (-)
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
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