Publication Details

Grobek, A., van Loo, C., Peoples, G. E., Hagenbuchner, M., Jones, R. & Cliff, D. P. (2016). Energy cost of physical activities and sedentary behaviors in young children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 (Suppl 1), S7-S10.


Background: This study reports energy expenditure (EE) data for lifestyle and ambulatory activities in young children. Methods: Eleven children aged 3 to 6 years (mean age = 4.8 ± 0.9; 55% boys) completed 12 semistructured activities including sedentary behaviors (SB), light (LPA), and moderate-to-vigorous physical activities (MVPA) over 2 laboratory visits while wearing a portable metabolic system to measure EE. Results: Mean EE values for SB (TV, reading, tablet and toy play) were between 0.9 to 1.1 kcal/min. Standing art had an energy cost that was 1.5 times that of SB (mean = 1.4 kcal/min), whereas bike riding (mean = 2.5 kcal/min) was similar to LPA (cleaning-up, treasure hunt and walking) (mean = 2.3 to 2.5 kcal/min), which had EE that were 2.5 times SB. EE for MVPA (running, active games and obstacle course) was 4.2 times SB (mean = 3.8 to 3.9 kcal/ min). Conclusion: EE values reported in this study can contribute to the limited available data on the energy cost of lifestyle and ambulatory activities in young children.



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