Relationship of fitness, fatness, and coronary-heart-disease risk factors in 12- to 13-year-olds

Non-Eleri Thomas, Stephen-Mark Cooper, Simon P. Williams, Julien S. Baker, Bruce Davies

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between aerobic fitness (AF), fatness, and coronary-heart-disease (CHD) risk factors in 12- to 13-year-olds. The data were obtained from 208 schoolchildren (100 boys; 108 girls) ages 12.9 ± 0.3 years. Measurements included AF, indices of obesity, blood pressure, blood lipids and lipoproteins, fibrinogen, homocysteine, and C-reactive protein. An inverse relationship was found between AF and fatness (p < .05). Fatness was related to a greater number of CHD risk factors than fitness was (p < .05). Further analysis revealed fatness to be an independent predictor of triglyceride and blood-pressure levels (p < .05). Our findings indicate that, for young people, fatness rather than fitness is independently related to CHD risk factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CHD
  • young people
  • aerobic fitness

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