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Body Image. 2009 Jun;6(3):216-20. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.04.003. Epub 2009 May 17.

Effects of a 6-week circuit training intervention on body esteem and body mass index in British primary school children.

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Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, University of Derby, England, UK. m.duncan@derby.ac.uk

Abstract

Research examining the impact of physical activity on children's body image has been limited and equivocal. The current researchers examined the effect of 6-week circuit-based training on body esteem and body mass index (BMI) in 68 British children (34 boys and 34 girls, aged 10-11 years, 16% overweight, 7% obese). The Body Esteem Scale for Children (BES-C) was administered to both the intervention group and control group, pre, post and 6 weeks post the intervention. BMI was directly assessed from height and body mass pre- and post-intervention. The results of this study revealed that, as compared to the control group, participation in 6-week circuit training significantly improved body esteem scores post-intervention. However, these scores were not sustained 6 weeks post-intervention. The improvement in body esteem scores from pre- to post-intervention was greater for girls as compared to boys. Additionally, BMI decreased significantly in the intervention group compared to the control group.

PMID:
19447693
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.04.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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