Title: Tracking of physical fitness and physical activity from youth to adulthood in females
Authors: Matton, Lynn ×
Thomis, Martine
Wijndaele, Katrien
Duvigneaud, Nathalie
Beunen, Gaston
Claessens, Albrecht
Vanreusel, Bart
Philippaerts, Renaat
Lefevre, Johan #
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Series Title: Medicine and science in sports and exercise vol:38 issue:6 pages:1114-20
Abstract: PURPOSE: To evaluate stability of physical fitness and physical activity from adolescence into middle adulthood in Flemish females. METHODS: Within the scope of the Leuven Longitudinal Study on Lifestyle, Fitness and Health, 138 females (mean age=16.6+/-1.1 yr) from the Leuven Growth Study of Flemish Girls were seen in adulthood (mean age=40.5+/-1.1 yr). Several body dimensions and motor fitness tests were taken. Physical activity was assessed by means of a sports participation inventory. Inter-age correlations were calculated between adolescent and adult values. Cross-tabulation was used to identify the percentage of subjects remaining in the same BMI and physical activity group or shifting from one group to another from adolescence to adulthood. Odds ratios for less activity and overweight in adulthood according to adolescent activity or weight status were calculated. RESULTS: Except for flamingo balance, plate tapping, leg lifts, and arm pull, all anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics were stable from adolescence to adulthood (r ranging from 0.49 to 0.96). Sports participation was not a stable characteristic (r=0.13). From adolescence to adulthood, 84.5 and 63.6%, respectively, remained in the normal-weight and overweight group, whereas 62.5 and 54.4%, respectively, remained in the less active and active group. The odds of being overweight in adulthood was 9.53 (95% CI: 3.1-29.8) times greater in overweight compared with normal-weight adolescent girls. CONCLUSION: In Flemish females, anthropometric and fitness characteristics demonstrate higher levels of stability from adolescence to middle adulthood than physical activity. Weight status during adolescence is indicative of adult weight status, and a pattern of less activity rather than activity tends to continue from youth to adulthood.
ISSN: 0195-9131
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Kinesiology - miscellaneous
Exercise Physiology Research Group
Research Centre for Sociocultural Kinesiology and Sport Management (-)
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
× corresponding author
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