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Minerva Pediatrica 2017 December;69(6):463-9

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4946.16.04340-1


language: English

Evaluation of physical activity and dietary behaviors in young athletes: a pilot study

Cristian PETRI 1 , Gabriele MASCHERINI 1, Vittorio BINI 2, Loira TONCELLI 1, Nicola ARMENTANO 1, Piergiuseppe CALÀ 1, Giorgio GALANTI 1

1 Sports Medicine Department, University of Florence, Florence, Italy; 2 Department of Medicine, University of Perugia, Peurgia, Italy


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the lifestyle based on the physical activity and eating habits of young athletes.
METHODS: In order to measure physical activity and eating habits in young people, 922 young athletes between the ages of 8 to 18 have been analyzed in this study. The participants were all patients come to our Department for sport eligibility evaluation; we have asked them to complete an accurate questionnaire in order to assess their personal physical activity levels and their regular eating habits. Parents were invited to sign a letter explaining the aims of the study and were asked for permission on behalf of their child to take part on the study.
RESULTS: The eating habits and the physical activity levels of the young athletes observed, resulted improper. We have noticed that the 13.7% of the participants were overweight and obese, despite their practiced sport activity. Physical activity, without sport activity, resulted inadequate in 38.6% of participants: they did not practice regular physical activity.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of the study clearly indicate that higher education is therefore necessary in order to promote a healthy lifestyle in terms of both eating habits and physical activity not only in young people, but also in parents and coaches of teams.

KEY WORDS: Life style - Food habits - Adolescents - Obesity - Health

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Issue published online: November 22, 2017
Article first published online: September 11, 2015
Manuscript accepted: August 12, 2015
Manuscript revised: July 23, 2015
Manuscript received: May 11, 2015

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Petri C, Mascherini G, Bini V, Toncelli L, Armentano N, Calà P, et al. Evaluation of physical activity and dietary behaviors in young athletes: a pilot study. Minerva Pediatr 2017;69:463-9. DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4946.16.04340-1

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