Cardiorespiratory fitness and fatness among children and adolescents from Bogotá, Colombia. The Fuprecol Study

JE Correa-Bautista, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Diana Camelo-Prieto, Juan Andres Téllez

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    Introduction: Low cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is independent risk factors for future cardio-metabolic disease in children and adolescents. The fitness versus fatness relationship has not been studied in a population-based sample in Latin America. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the CRF with fatness markers among children and adolescents from Bogotá, Colombia. Methods: Cross-sectional study in 5.850 healthy Colombian youth (children n=3.010) and adolescents (n=2.080) residents in the metropolitan area of the District of Bogotá, Colombia (2480msnm). CRF was assessed with the 20-meter shuttle run test. Waist circumference (WC), body fat percentage-BF%, skinfolds thicknesses (triceps, subscapular and sum of skinfold), body mass index (BMI) were used as indicators of fatness. Results: After adjusting for sex, age and sexual maturation, significant inverse relationships were observed between CRF and BMI (r = -0.406), BF% (r = -0.389), triceps skinfolds (r = -0.377), subscapular skinfolds (r = -0.377), sum of skinfold (r = -0.408) and WC (r = - 0.302), p <0.001. Conclusion: Our results show that high aerobic capacity is associated with less adiposity markers. Increasing CRF should be targets in youth primordial prevention strategies of future cardio-metabolic disease in adulthood.
    Translated title of the contributionCardiorespiratorio fitness y gordura entre niños y adolescentes de Bogotá, Colombia. El estudio FUPRECOL.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)75-75
    Number of pages1
    JournalRevista Brasileira De Ciência & Movimento
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2015


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