Association Between Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity Intensities and Sedentary Time in 8- to 10-Year-Old Children

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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  • 1 McGill University
  • | 2 University of Montreal
  • | 3 Laval University
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This study examines the association between objectively-measured physical activity (PA) intensities and sedentary behavior (SED) in a cohort of 532 children aged 8–10 y. PA and SED were assessed by accelerometer over 7-days. Television and computer/video-game use were self-reported. Associations between PA intensities and SED variables were assessed by Spearman correlations and adjusted multiple linear regression. Higher mean daily moderate-to-vigorous and vigorous PA (MVPA, VPA) were negatively associated with mean daily SED (r = −0.47 and −0.37; p < .001), and positively associated with mean daily total PA (r = .58 and 0.46; p < .001). MVPA was also positively associated with light PA (LPA; r = .26, p < .00l). MVPA and VPA were not significantly associated with TV, computer/video or total screen time; accelerometer SED was only weakly associated with specific SED behaviors. On average, for each additional 10 min daily MVPA, children accumulated >14 min less SED, and for each additional 5 min VPA, 11 min less SED. Thus, over the course of a week, higher mean daily MVPA may displace SED time and is associated with higher total PA over and above the additional MVPA, due to concomitant higher levels of LPA. Public health strategies should target both MVPA and SED to improve overall PA and health in children.

Herman and Paradis are with the Dept. of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. Mathieu is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec. O’Loughlin is with the Dept. of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec. Tremblay is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec. Lambert was with the Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.