Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report
Part G. Section 9: Youth

Table G9.A4. Body Composition, Prospective Cohort Studies




Moore et al., 1995 (1)

N=97, 4 years, Follow-up: to 1st grade

Children with low levels of PA gained more fat, but not strong effect

Luepker et al., 1996 (2)

N=4,019, 3rd-5th graders, Follow-up: 2 years

CATCH school-based intervention did not affect adiposity

Nader et al., 1999 (3)

N=3,714, 3rd, 5th, 8th graders, Follow-up: 3rd, 5th, 8th grade

CATCH school-based intervention did not affect adiposity

Berkey et al., 2000 (4)

N=10,769, 57% F, 9-14 years, 94% white, Follow‑up: 1 year

Small estimated changes in BMI

O’Loughlin, 2000 (5)

N=2,951, 51% F, 10.3 years, Follow‑up: 1 and 2 years

Suggest role for PA in prevention of excess weight gain

Berkey et al., 2003 (6)

N=10,896, 57% F, 9-14 years, 94% white, Follow‑up: 1 year

Small estimated changes in BMI

Bogaert et al., 2003 (7)

N=59 49% F, 6-9 years, Follow-up: 1 year

No correlation between time in PA and BMI

Crocker et al., 2003 (8)

N=631, 100% F, 15-16 years, Follow-up: 1 year

Low correlation between PA and BMI

Moore et al., 2003 (9)

N=103, 3-5 years, Follow-up: 8 years

Children with high levels of PA had less fat and lower BMI

Stevens et al., 2004 (10)

N=454, 49% F, 7.5±0.6 years, 100% American Indian, Follow‑up: 3 years

Higher PA associated with lower percent fat in normal weight but not in overweight

Elgar et al., 2005 (11)

N=355, 55% F, 11-14 years, Follow-up: 4 years

PA predicted change in BMI over time

Jago et al., 2005 (12)

N=133, 51% F, 3-4 years, 37% white, 37% AA, 26% Hispanic

Stronger impact of TV viewing than PA on BMI

Kettaneh et al., 2005 (13)

N=436, 49% F, 8-18 years, Follow-up: 2 years

Small effect of PA on adiposity measures in females, not males

Monda & Popkin, 2005 (14)

N=1,175, 46% F, 9.7±2.2 years, 100% Asian, Follow‑up: 3 years

Results indicate interaction of PA and inactivity as risk factors for overweight

Gidding et al., 2006 (15)

N=585, 45% F, 8-10 years, Follow-up: 3 years

Non-significant trend for lower BMI and time spent in intense PA

Mundt et al., 2006 (16)

N=217, 52% F, 8-15 years, 89% white, Follow‑up: 7 years

PA level negatively associated with fat mass development in males, not in Females

Rosenberg et al., 2006 (17)

N=1,083, 47% F, 4th-5th grade, 85% white, Follow‑up: 2 years

No relationship between active commuting and BMI change

Yang et al., 2006 (18)

N=1,319, 53% F, 9-39 years, Follow-up: 21 years

High levels of PA during youth associated with lower waist circumference in adult Females, not Males

Ekelund et al., 2007 (19)

N=28, 17-21 years, Follow-up: 4 years

Small percentage of variance in fat mass change explained by PA change in normal weight group

Li et al., 2007(20)

N=210, 54% F, 9-11 years, Follow-up: 8 months

Mixed results, small differences, perhaps a sex difference

O’Brien et al., 2007 (21)

N=653, 2-12 years, Follow-up: 10 years

Children with more PA and less TV were less likely to be overweight

AA, African American; BMI, body mass index; F, female; N, number; PA, physical activity

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