Health-related aspects of objectively measured daily physical activity in children

Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2008 May;28(3):133-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-097X.2008.00788.x. Epub 2008 Feb 2.


It is well established that physical inactivity in adults is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Whether daily physical activity level is related to risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children has been debated. Furthermore, objective data on the habitual daily physical activity in children have at large been scarce in the literature. The main reason for this is the fact that daily physical activity is very difficult to measure in children. In recent years, a new device, the accelerometer, has emerged as a frequently used instrument for the measurement of daily physical activity. This review summarizes recently published studies that have used accelerometers to measure daily physical activity in children and related activity data to known risk factors for CVD.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acceleration
  • Adiposity
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior*
  • Exercise*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Physical Fitness
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors