Energy Expenditure of Daily Living Activities in 3- to 6-Year-Old Children

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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There has been a call for updating the Youth Compendium of Energy Expenditure (YCEE) by including energy expenditure (EE) data of young children (ie, < 6-year-old children). Therefore, this study examined the activity EE in 3 to 6 year old children using indirect calorimetry.


Using Oxycon Mobile portable indirect calorimetry, both the oxygen consumption (VO2) and the EE of 28 children (Girls: 46%, Age: 4.8 ± 1.0, BMI: 16.4 ± 1.6) were measured while they performed various daily living activities (eg, watching TV, playing with toys, shooting baskets, soccer).


Across physical activities, averages of VO2 (ml·kg·min-1), VO2 (L·min-1), and EE ranged from 8.9 ± 1.5 to 33.3 ± 4.8 ml·kg·min-1, from 0.17 ± 0.04 to 0.64 ± 0.16 L·min-1, and from 0.8 ± 0.2 to 3.2 ± 0.7 kcal·min-1, respectively.


These findings will contribute to the upcoming YCEE update.

Byun ( and Barry are with the Dept of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences; Byun is also with the Dept of Public Health; North Dakota State University. Lee is with the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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