The relationship of physical activity and percentage of body fat to the risk of asthma in 8- to 10-year-old children

Dennis R. Ownby, Edward L. Peterson, Dorothy Nelson, Christine C.L. Joseph, L. Keoki Williams, Christine C. Johnson

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To evaluate physical activity, obesity and asthma, we analyzed information from children attending a racially diverse middle-class suburban school district. Physical activity in metabolic equivalents (METS) and percent body fat were related to diagnosed asthma. On average the, 636 children were 8.9 years of age, 64.0% black, and 11.8% with reported asthma. Children with asthma were more active: 6,438 versus 5,432 METs/year, p = 0.03. Logistic regression considering METs, percent fat, gender and race showed METs were a significant risk factor for asthma, odds ratio (OR) = 1.24 (95% CI 1.01-1.52, p = 0.045). Higher levels of physical activity were related to more diagnosed asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-889
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007



  • Asthma
  • Metabolic equivalents
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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