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Do Overweight Girls Overreport Physical Activity?

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Objective : To determine if overweight adolescent girls are more likely to overreport physical activity compared to normal-weight girls.

Methods : Participation in physical activities and perceived intensity of activities were assessed from the previous day physical activity recall (PDPAR) in 1021 girls aged 11-14 years old (37% overweight). Daily minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) were measured using accelerometery.

Results : Girls in the at-risk for overweight and overweight categories had 17.7% and 19.4% fewer minutes of MVPA per block reported on the PDPAR compared to normal-weight girls (P<0.05).

Conclusions : Overweight adolescent girls tend to overreport their total amount of physical activity.

Keywords: accelerometry; adolescents; exercise

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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