Influence of body mass index, gender, and Hispanic ethnicity on physical activity in urban children
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2011
© 2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 90–104, April 2011
How to Cite
Wright, K. N. (2011), Influence of body mass index, gender, and Hispanic ethnicity on physical activity in urban children. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16: 90–104. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00263.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 11 JAN 2011
- First Received March 12, 2010; Revision received September 06, 2010; Accepted for publication September 12, 2010.
- Childhood obesity;
- community-based participatory research;
- physical activity;
- school health
Purpose. This community-based participatory research study examined the association between overweight status and activity among Hispanic urban, school-age children.
Design and Methods. In a sample of 140 children, activities were assessed using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey's questions about physical activity (PA) and team sports.
Results. Thirty-nine percent were overweight (body mass index [BMI] >85%). Normal-weight children had higher levels of PA and team sports. Females had lower levels of PA and team sports. Significant associations included BMI and sports team participation, and BMI and Hispanic ethnicity.
Practice Implications. Nurses should be aware that Hispanic urban children are at risk for lower activity.