Body Composition Changes Among 7-14 Years old Male Children Living in Ankara Province - A Fifteen Year Cross-Sectional Study
Cengiz AKALAN, Ph.D.
Ankara University, School of Physical Education and Sports
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Abstract: Childhood obesity has increased worldwide, which raises the risk of morbidity and mortality for numerous chronic conditions in adulthood. Purpose of this study is to determine the changes in body composition among Turkish male children living in Ankara -The Capital- in fıfteen years from 1995 to 2010. A total of 2400 boys age 7-10 years (n= 1200) and 11-14 years (n=1200) were assessed for body composition in 1995,2000.2005 and 2010. Statistical analyses identified a significant increase in total body weight, body mass index ratio (BMI-body size), and sum of five skinfold (ediposity) scores (p<0.05) within fifteen years. As in many countries around the world, the prevalance of owerweight and obesity among children appears to be rising in Ankara province. The promotion of physical activity and nutrition education are recommended at a young age to prevent the progression of chronic illnesses associated with overweight and obesity. [Cengiz AK. Body Composition Changes Among 7-14 Years old Male Children Living in Ankara Province - A Fifteen Year Cross-Sectional Study. Life Sci J 2013;10(4s):348-353] (ISSN: 1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 53
Keywords: Children, Fitness, Obesity, Body Composition.