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Open Access Physical activity and fitness in an international growth standard for preadolescent and adolescent children

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Concepts related to energy expenditure, physical activity and physical fitness, and methods of assessment are briefly considered. Variation in energy expenditure, physical activity, and physical fitness associated with age and sex during childhood and adolescence and relationships between physical activity and physical fitness in children and adolescents are reviewed. Implications of undernutrition and obesity for physical activity and physical fitness, and secular changes in physical activity and physical fitness, are briefly highlighted. The review concludes with specific recommendations for and limitations of inclusion of indicators of physical activity and fitness in the construction of an International Growth Standard for Preadolescent and Adolescent Children.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

    Food and Nutrition Bulletin's 2012 Impact Factor: 2.106

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