Several HALO researchers (Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, Dr. Geneviève Leduc, Charles Boyer, Priscilla Bélanger, Allana LeBlanc, Mike Borghese and Dr. Mark Tremblay) are authors on a paper, “Objectively measured physical activity, sedentary time and sleep duration: independent and combined associations with adiposity in canadian children,” that was recently published in Nutrition & Diabetes. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.
J-P Chaput, G Leduc, C Boyer, P Bélanger, AG LeBlanc, MM Borghese, MS Tremblay. Objectively measured physical activity, sedentary time and sleep duration: independent and combined associations with adiposity in canadian children. Nutrition & Diabetes (2014) 4, e117; doi:10.1038/nutd.2014.14
ABSTRACT: Objective: To examine independent and combined associations among objectively measured movement/non-movement behaviors (moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA), total sedentary time and sleep duration) and adiposity indicators in a sample of Canadian children. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 507 children aged 9–11 years from Ottawa, Canada. Movement/non-movement behaviors were assessed using an Actigraph GT3X+ accelerometer over 7 days (24-h protocol). Outcomes included percentage body fat (bioelectrical impedance) and waist-to-height ratio. Results: After adjustment for age, sex, ethnicity, maturity offset, fast food consumption, annual household income and highest level of parental education, MVPA was inversely and sedentary time positively associated with adiposity indicators, whereas sleep duration was not. However, only MVPA remained significantly associated with adiposity indicators after additional adjustment for the other movement/non-movement behaviors. Combined associations using tertiles of the three movement/non-movement behaviors showed that higher levels of MVPA were associated with lower adiposity indicators, irrespective of total sedentary time and sleep duration. Conclusions: Higher levels of MVPA were associated with lower adiposity in this sample of children regardless of sedentary time and sleep duration. Although correlational in nature, these findings suggest that future efforts of obesity reduction should focus more on increasing MVPA than on reducing sedentary time or increasing sleep duration to maximize the effectiveness of interventions.
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