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Title: Fatness and physical fitness of girls 7 to 17 years
Authors: Malina, RM ×
Beunen, Gaston
Claessens, Albrecht
Lefevre, Johan
Vanden Eynde, Bavo
Renson, Roland
Vanreusel, Bart
Simons, J #
Issue Date: May-1995
Series Title: Obesity research vol:3 issue:3 pages:221-231
Abstract: A two-fold approach was used to investigate the association between fatness and fitness of girls 7 to 17 years of age: first, age-specific correlations between fatness and measures of health-related and motor fitness, and second, comparisons of fitness levels of girls classified as fat and lean. A representative sample of 6700 between 7 to 17 years was surveyed. Adiposity (fatness) was estimated as the sum of five skinfolds (biceps, triceps, subscapular, suprailiac, medial calf). Physical fitness included health-related items (step test, PWC170, the sit and reach, sit-ups and leg lifts, flexed arm hang) and motor performance items (standing long jump, vertical jump, arm pull strength, flamingo stand, shuttle run, plate tapping). Age-specific partial correlations between fatness and each fitness item, controlling for stature and weight, were calculated. In addition, in each age group the fattest 5% (presumably the obese) and the leanest 5% were compared on each fitness test. After controlling for stature and weight, subcutaneous fatness accounts for variable percentages of the variance in each fitness item. Estimates for health-related fitness items are: cardiorespiratory endurance-step test (3% to 5%) and PWC170 (0% to 16%), flexibility-sit and reach (3% to 8%), functional strength-flexed arm hand (6% to 17%) and abdominal strength-sit-ups/leg lifts (1% to 8%). Corresponding estimates for motor fitness items are more variable: speed of limb movement-plate tapping (0% to 3%), balance-flamingo stand (0% to 5%), speed and agility-shuttle run (2% to 12%), static strength-arm pull (4% to 12%), explosive strength-standing long jump/vertical jump (11% to 18%). At the extremes, the fattest girls have generally poorer levels of health-related and motor fitness.
ISSN: 1071-7323
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Exercise Physiology Research Group
Research Centre for the History of Sport and Kinesiology (-)
Research Centre for Sociocultural Kinesiology and Sport Management (-)
Department of Kinesiology - miscellaneous
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
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