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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Dec;46(12):2335-40. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000356.

Activity-related energy expenditure in older adults: a call for more research.

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1Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, NC; 2Claude D. Pepper Center for Aging, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; 3Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; 4National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD; 5Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; 6Department of Kinesiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; 7Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Medford, MA; 8Department of Exercise Science, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH; 9American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; and 10Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.


The purposes of this article were to 1) provide an overview of the science of physical activity-related energy expenditure in older adults (≥65 yr), 2) offer suggestions for future research and guidelines for how scientists should be reporting their results in this area, and 3) present strategies for making these data more accessible to the layperson. This article was meant to serve as a preliminary blueprint for future empirical work in the area of energy expenditure in older adults and translational efforts to make these data useful and accurate for older adults. This document was based upon deliberations of experts involved in the Strategic Health Initiative on Aging Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. The article was designed to reach a broad audience who might not be familiar with the complexities of assessing energy expenditure, especially in older adults.

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