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.
- young people
- aerobic fitness
Thomas, N-E., Cooper, S-M., Williams, S. P., Baker, J. S., & Davies, B. (2007). Relationship of fitness, fatness, and coronary-heart-disease risk factors in 12- to 13-year-olds. Pediatric Exercise Science, 19(1), 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1123/pes.19.1.93