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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2016 July-August;56(7-8):933-8

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Effects of a recreational physical activity summer camp on body composition, metabolic syndrome and physical fitness in obese children

Mafalda S. RORIZ DE OLIVEIRA 1, André F. TEIXEIRA SEABRA 2, José A. RIBEIRO MAIA 1

1 Center of Research, Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sport (CIFI2D), Faculty of Sports, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal; 2 Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure (CIAFEL), Faculty of Sports, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal


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This study sought to examine the effects of a recreational physical activity summer camp on body composition, metabolic syndrome, and physical fitness in obese children. Forty-eight children (8-10 years; Body Mass Index ≥85th percentile) completed 4-weeks of a structured recreational physical activity program summer camp (5 hours/day, 5 days/week). Over the 4-weeks, significant reductions (P<0.05) in weight, waist circumference, Body Mass Index, percentage of body fat, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure were observed. Additionally, a significant increase was observed in HDL-cholesterol, handgrip, trunk lift, and shuttle run (P<0.05). These findings suggest that a 4-week recreational physical activity summer camp yields several body-composition, metabolic-syndrome, and physical fitness benefits in obese children and should represent an effective support for their health development.

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