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Variations in accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time across Europe - harmonized analyses of 47,497 children and adolescents.

Steene-Johannessen, J; Hansen, BH; Dalene, KE; Kolle, E; Northstone, K; Møller, NC; Grøntved, A; Wedderkopp, N; Kriemler, S; Page, AS; et al. Steene-Johannessen, J; Hansen, BH; Dalene, KE; Kolle, E; Northstone, K; Møller, NC; Grøntved, A; Wedderkopp, N; Kriemler, S; Page, AS; Puder, JJ; Reilly, JJ; Sardinha, LB; van Sluijs, EMF; Andersen, LB; van der Ploeg, H; Ahrens, W; Flexeder, C; Standl, M; Shculz, H; Moreno, LA; De Henauw, S; Michels, N; Cardon, G; Ortega, FB; Ruiz, J; Aznar, S; Fogelholm, M; Decelis, A; Olesen, LG; Hjorth, MF; Santos, R; Vale, S; Christiansen, LB; Jago, R; Basterfield, L; Owen, CG; Nightingale, CM; Eiben, G; Polito, A; Lauria, F; Vanhelst, J; Hadjigeorgiou, C; Konstabel, K; Molnár, D; Sprengeler, O; Manios, Y; Harro, J; Kafatos, A; Anderssen, SA; Ekelund, U; Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity knowledge hub (DEDIPA (2020) Variations in accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time across Europe - harmonized analyses of 47,497 children and adolescents. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 17 (1). p. 38. ISSN 1479-5868 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-00930-x
SGUL Authors: Nightingale, Claire Owen, Christopher Grant

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Levels of physical activity and variation in physical activity and sedentary time by place and person in European children and adolescents are largely unknown. The objective of the study was to assess the variations in objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time in children and adolescents across Europe. METHODS: Six databases were systematically searched to identify pan-European and national data sets on physical activity and sedentary time assessed by the same accelerometer in children (2 to 9.9 years) and adolescents (≥10 to 18 years). We harmonized individual-level data by reprocessing hip-worn raw accelerometer data files from 30 different studies conducted between 1997 and 2014, representing 47,497 individuals (2-18 years) from 18 different European countries. RESULTS: Overall, a maximum of 29% (95% CI: 25, 33) of children and 29% (95% CI: 25, 32) of adolescents were categorized as sufficiently physically active. We observed substantial country- and region-specific differences in physical activity and sedentary time, with lower physical activity levels and prevalence estimates in Southern European countries. Boys were more active and less sedentary in all age-categories. The onset of age-related lowering or leveling-off of physical activity and increase in sedentary time seems to become apparent at around 6 to 7 years of age. CONCLUSIONS: Two third of European children and adolescents are not sufficiently active. Our findings suggest substantial gender-, country- and region-specific differences in physical activity. These results should encourage policymakers, governments, and local and national stakeholders to take action to facilitate an increase in the physical activity levels of young people across Europe.

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Keywords: Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity knowledge hub (DEDIPAC); International Children’s Accelerometry Database (ICAD) Collaborators, IDEFICS Consortium and HELENA Consortium, 11 Medical and Health Sciences, 13 Education, Public Health
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Population Health Research Institute (INPH)
Journal or Publication Title: Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act
ISSN: 1479-5868
Language: eng
Dates:
DateEvent
18 March 2020Published
12 February 2020Accepted
Publisher License: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Projects:
Project IDFunderFunder ID
G0701877National Prevention Research InitiativeUNSPECIFIED
MC_UU_12015/3Medical Research Councilhttp://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000265
249932/F20Research Council of NorwayUNSPECIFIED
MC_UU_12015/7Medical Research Councilhttp://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000265
PubMed ID: 32183834
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URI: http://openaccess.sgul.ac.uk/id/eprint/111808
Publisher's version: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-00930-x

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