Physical activity and obesity among nine-year-old children with and without chronic health problems, illness, or disabilities in Ireland.

Authors: Haegele,J.A., Healy,S. & Zhu, X.

Source: Disabil Health J. 2017 Aug 8. pii: S1936-6574(17)30138-3. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.002.

Regular engagement in physical activity can help youth control their weight during childhood while decreasing one’s chances of developing chronic diseases (e.g., coronary heart disease, diabetes) throughout the lifespan. While numerous studies have explored physical activity participation and weight status among typically developing children, few epidemiological studies utilizing nationally representative data has focused on children with chronic health problems, illness, or disabilities (CHID).

Thus, the primary purpose of this secondary-data analysis was to examine physical activity participation and the prevalence of overweight/obesity among nine-year-old children with CHID in Ireland.

 

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