The Association of Physical Fitness With Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference in Filipino Preadolescents.

University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines; Santo Tomas University Hospital, Manila, Philippines.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 1.06). 08/2012; DOI: 10.1177/1010539511412764
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ABSTRACT AIM: . The objective of this study is are to examine the association of preadolescent obesity using body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) with health-related physical fitness components. METHODS: . Grades 4 to 6 students in 2 private schools in Manila were included in this study. Height, weight, WC, and BMI were obtained. Physical fitness field tests were sit-and-reach test, 1-minute sit-ups, standing broad jump, 40-m sprint, and 20-m shuttle run. RESULTS: . Obese subjects had poorer scores in the field tests except in the sit-and-reach test. BMI and WC were significantly negatively associated with all the physical fitness parameters, except for the 40-m sprint where positive correlation was observed, and in the sit-and-reach test where no correlation was seen. CONCLUSION: . In the management of preadolescent overweight and obesity, exercise programs should therefore be designed toward enhancing these fitness parameters, while not sacrificing enjoyment and creativity.

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