Impact of Weight Status on the Cardiopulmonary Fitness Outcome of a School-Based PA Program
Updated: Oct 26, 2022
Evaluated whether overweight and obese children had similar changes in body mass index (BMI) and cardiopulmonary fitness (CPF) as normal weight children after participating in a program for one academic year. Check it out.
We found that participation in the program was not associated with changes in BMI or cardiopulmonary fitness, regardless of children’s initial weight category. Children with poorer cardiopulmonary fitness level at baseline showed greater improvement in cardiopulmonary fitness than children with better cardiopulmonary fitness level at baseline. The results highlight how overweight and obese children face additional challenges.
Implementing routine measurements of cardiopulmonary function and tailoring physical activity programs to improve these measurements may be necessary in schools.
Supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health
Rena C. Moon, MD, MPH, Solveig A. Cunninngham, PhD, Julie Gazmararian, PhD, MPH