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Overweight Children's Barriers to and Support for Physical Activity

Overweight Children Study - Aim

As the epidemic of overweight increases among youth, research needs to examine factors that may influence children's participation in weight-related health behaviors. This study examined overweight children's perceived barriers to and support for physical activity compared with non-overweight children.

Overweight Children

Overweight Children Study - Methods

Barriers to and support for physical activity were examined among 84 overweight children attending a summer fitness camp or a university-based weight loss clinic. Barriers and support levels were then compared with those of 80 non-overweight children of a similar age range.

Overweight Children Study - Results

Body-related barriers were the most predominant barrier type among overweight youth, especially among overweight girls. Overweight children, particularly girls, reported significantly higher body-related, resource, and social barriers to physical activity compared with non-overweight children and lower levels of adult support for physical activity.

Overweight Children Study - Issues

Overweight children may be particularly vulnerable to body-related barriers to physical activity, and reducing such barriers may serve as physical activity intervention points most relevant for overweight youth. Future interventions may also benefit from enhancing support for physical activity from adults and peers.

Source: San Diego State University/University of California. 2003

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