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Associations of physical activity with body weight and fat in men and women

Ball, Kylie, Owen, N., Salmon, Jo, Bauman, A. and Gore, C. 2001, Associations of physical activity with body weight and fat in men and women, International journal of obesity, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 914-919.

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Title Associations of physical activity with body weight and fat in men and women
Author(s) Ball, Kylie
Owen, N.
Salmon, Jo
Bauman, A.
Gore, C.
Journal name International journal of obesity
Volume number 25
Issue number 6
Start page 914
End page 919
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication New York, NY.
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 0307-0565
Keyword(s) physical activity
body mass index
body fat
gender
Summary OBJECTIVE: Increasing physical activity is strongly advocated as a key public health strategy for weight gain prevention. We investigated associations of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) and occupational/domestic physical activity with body mass index (BMI) and a skinfold-derived index of body fat (sum of six skinfolds), among normal-weight and overweight men and women.

DESIGN: Analyses of cross-sectional self-report and measured anthropometric data.

SUBJECTS: A total of 1302 men and women, aged 18-78 y, who were part of a randomly selected sample and who agreed to participate in a physical health assessment.

MEASUREMENTS: Self-report measures of physical activity, measured height and weight, and a skinfold-derived index of body fatness.

RESULTS: Higher levels of LTPA were positively associated with the likelihood of being in the normal BMI and lower body fat range for women, but few or no associations were found for men. No associations were found between measures of occupational/domestic activity and BMI or body fat for men or women.

CONCLUSION: By using a skinfold sum as a more direct measure of adiposity, this study extends and confirms the previous research that has shown an association between BMI and LTPA. Our results suggest gender differences in the relationship of leisure-time physical activity with body fatness. These findings, in conjunction with a better understanding of the causes of such differences, will have important public health implications for the development and targeting of weight gain prevention strategies.


Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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