Influence of body mass index, gender, and Hispanic ethnicity on physical activity in urban children


  • Kynna N. Wright

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    1. Kynna N. Wright, PhD, RN, MPH, CPNP, is an Assistant Professor and Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing, Los Angeles, California, USA
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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.