Annals of Human Biology vol:42 issue:3 pages:290-292
This study sought to examine ambulatory physical activity levels in adolescents from the United Kingdom and Belgium. Following ethics approval, 2760 children (1247 boys, 1513 girls), aged 9-14 years from Belgium (n=1614) and UK (n=1146), wore a pedometer for 4 days including at least 1 weekend day. Body mass index (BMI) was determined from height and mass. A 2 (gender) X 2 (country) way ANCOVA, controlling for age and BMI, revealed a significant country by gender interaction for steps/day (P = .0001). In both Belgium and the UK, boys were more physically active than girls (both P = .0001) but the difference between boys and girls was greater for Belgian than UK children. These results suggest there are differences in the ambulatory physical activity patterns of children in the UK and Belgium.