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J Phys Act Health. 2014 Mar;11(3):543-52. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0124. Epub 2013 Feb 8.

Self-rated health in children at risk for obesity: associations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and BMI.

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Dept of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Self-rated health (SRH) is a common indicator of health-related quality of life; however, little is known about SRH in children. This study explored the associations of physical activity (PA), sedentary behavior (SED), and BMI with SRH in children at risk for obesity.

METHODS:

Participants were 527 children aged 8-10 years in the Quebec Adipose and Lifestyle Investigation in Youth study (inclusion criteria: ≥ 1 parent clinically obese). PA and SED were measured by accelerometer, specific SED behaviors by self-report, and height and weight measured.

RESULTS:

About 40% of children were overweight or obese; 48% reported less-than- excellent health. The odds of reporting less-than-excellent health were higher among obese girls (OR 3.0, 95% CI 1.4-5.2) and boys (OR 2.7, 95% CI 1.5-6.1) versus healthy weight children. Boys not meeting PA guidelines and boys in the lowest moderate-to-vigorous PA tertile were at 2 and 6 times higher odds of less-than-excellent SRH, respectively, versus more active boys. In girls, higher computer/video time and reading time were associated with higher and lower odds of less-than-excellent SRH, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Obesity is inversely associated with SRH in boys and girls, PA is positively associated with SRH in boys, and SED behaviors are associated with SRH in girls.

PMID:
23416732
DOI:
10.1123/jpah.2012-0124
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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