Age and gender differences in Body Mass Index, ocular, and back disorders in 8-12-year old children

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Title: Age and gender differences in Body Mass Index, ocular, and back disorders in 8-12-year old children
Authors: Zurita-Ortega, Félix | Cepero González, Mar | Ruiz Rodríguez, Luis | Linares Girela, Daniel | Cachón, Javier | Zurita Molina, Félix
Keywords: IMC | Obesity | School health | Spine | Scoliosis | Hyperkyphosis | Myopia
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Área de Educación Física y Deporte
Citation: ZURITA ORTEGA, Félix, et al. “Age and gender differences in Body Mass Index, ocular, and back disorders in 8-12-year old children”. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise [en línea]. Vol. 6, No. 4 (2011). ISSN 1988-5202, pp. 657-672. http://www.jhse.ua.es/index.php/jhse/article/viewArticle/264 [consulta: 11 enero 2012]
Abstract: The influence of sedentarism on the increase in obesity can now be confirmed. In this sense, attention should be paid to the importance of those working in school environments. The sample group was made up of 2,956 participants from 19 schools in the province of Granada. The aim of this study was to determine levels of obesity, spinal alterations and ocular pathologies in the Primary school population of the province of Granada (Spain) as well as any possible gender and age related variations. The results showed that 26.3% of the schoolchildren suffered from obesity, 24.5% from spinal disorders (16% with scoliosis and 8.5% with hyperkyphosis) and 12.5% from myopia. By pathologies, it should be mentioned that the children with hyperkyphosis were more obese and, in addition, the myopia variable did not related with body mass index levels. The results indicate the need to develop training and physical exercise programmes to prevent and treat child obesity, and spinal alterations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/20276
ISSN: 1988-5202
DOI: 10.4100/jhse.2011.64.09
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4100/jhse.2011.64.09
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Journal of Human Sport and Exercise - 2011, Vol. 6, No. 4

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