Relation of activity levels to body fat in infants 6 to 12 months of age

J Pediatr. 1995 Mar;126(3):353-7. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(95)70447-7.


We examined longitudinally the relation between body fatness and physical activity, adjusting for energy intake, in 31 healthy white infants. Measures of physical activity, dietary intake, and body composition were obtained at 6, 9, and 12 months of age. The percentage of body fat was inversely related to activity level, an association that became stronger with increasing age and remained significant after adjustment for dietary energy intake. The percentage of body fat was not related to energy consumed per lean body mass regardless of high or low activity level, nor was energy consumed related to physical activity. We conclude that the percentage of body fat in infants may be related more to their activity levels than to their energy intake.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Body Constitution / physiology*
  • Body Weight
  • Energy Intake*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Physical Exertion*
  • Regression Analysis