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Variations in accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time across Europe-harmonized analyses of 47,497 children and adolescents

Steene-Johannessen, Jostein, Hansen, Bjørge Herman, Dalene, Knut Eirik, Kolle, Elin, Northstone, Kate, Møller, Niels Christian, Grøntved, Anders, Wedderkopp, Niels, Kriemler, Susi, Page, Angie S., Puder, Jardena J., Reilly, John J., Sardinha, Luis B., Van Sluijs, Esther M. F., Andersen, Lars Bo, Van Der Ploeg, Hidde, Ahrens, Wolfgang, Flexeder, Claudia, Standl, Marie, Shculz, Holger and Salmon, Jo-Ann 2020, Variations in accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time across Europe-harmonized analyses of 47,497 children and adolescents, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, vol. 17, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1186/s12966-020-00930-x.

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Title Variations in accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time across Europe-harmonized analyses of 47,497 children and adolescents
Author(s) Steene-Johannessen, Jostein
Hansen, Bjørge Herman
Dalene, Knut Eirik
Kolle, Elin
Northstone, Kate
Møller, Niels Christian
Grøntved, Anders
Wedderkopp, Niels
Kriemler, Susi
Page, Angie S.
Puder, Jardena J.
Reilly, John J.
Sardinha, Luis B.
Van Sluijs, Esther M. F.
Andersen, Lars Bo
Van Der Ploeg, Hidde
Ahrens, Wolfgang
Flexeder, Claudia
Standl, Marie
Shculz, Holger
Salmon, Jo-AnnORCID iD for Salmon, Jo-Ann orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Journal name International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume number 17
Article ID 38
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-03
ISSN 1479-5868
Keyword(s) Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity knowledge hub (DEDIPAC)
IDEFICS Consortium and HELENA Consortium
International Children’s Accelerometry Database (ICAD) Collaborators
Summary Background: Levels of physical activity and variation in physical activity and sedentary time by place and person in European children and adolescents are largely unknown. The objective of the study was to assess the variations in objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time in children and adolescents across Europe. Methods: Six databases were systematically searched to identify pan-European and national data sets on physical activity and sedentary time assessed by the same accelerometer in children (2 to 9.9 years) and adolescents (≥10 to 18 years). We harmonized individual-level data by reprocessing hip-worn raw accelerometer data files from 30 different studies conducted between 1997 and 2014, representing 47,497 individuals (2-18 years) from 18 different European countries. Results: Overall, a maximum of 29% (95% CI: 25, 33) of children and 29% (95% CI: 25, 32) of adolescents were categorized as sufficiently physically active. We observed substantial country-A nd region-specific differences in physical activity and sedentary time, with lower physical activity levels and prevalence estimates in Southern European countries. Boys were more active and less sedentary in all age-categories. The onset of age-related lowering or leveling-off of physical activity and increase in sedentary time seems to become apparent at around 6 to 7 years of age. Conclusions: Two third of European children and adolescents are not sufficiently active. Our findings suggest substantial gender-, country-A nd region-specific differences in physical activity. These results should encourage policymakers, governments, and local and national stakeholders to take action to facilitate an increase in the physical activity levels of young people across Europe.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12966-020-00930-x
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Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
13 Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30136307

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