The study examined associations between children’s weight status, physical activity intensity, and physical self-perceptions. Data were obtained from 409 children (224 girls) aged 10-11 years categorized as normal-weight or overweight/obese. Physical activity was assessed using accelerometry, and children completed the Physical Self-Perception Profile. After controlling for the effects of age, maturation, and socio-economic status vigorous physical activity was significantly associated with normal-weight status among boys (OR = 1.13, p = 0.01) and girls (OR = 1.13, p = 0.03). Normal-weight status was significantly associated with perceived Physical Condition (Boys: OR = 5.05, p = .008; Girls: OR = 2.50, p = 0.08), and Body Attractiveness (Boys: OR = 4.44, p = 0.007; Girls: OR = 2.56, p = 0.02). Weight status of 10-11 year old children was significantly associated with time spent in vigorous physical activity and self-perceptions of Body Attractiveness and Physical Condition.
|Journal||Pediatric Exercise Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|