Physical activity protects against adiposity in kids independent of sedentary time

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Takeaway

  • Children who spent more time each day in moderate to vigorous physical activity had less adiposity, regardless of how much time they spent in sedentary activities.

Study Design

  • A cross-sectional and longitudinal cohort study among 510 Portuguese school children who were about 10 years old at baseline and 12 years old at follow-up.
  • Accelerometry was used to determine time spent in physical activity and in sedentary activities.
  • Adiposity outcomes included trunk fat mass, body fat mass, and fat mass index.

Key Results

  • In cross-sectional analyses, the number of minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily was...