International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 9 Num. 1 - March 2009


The relationship between extra school activities, short sleeping, sedentary leisure and childhood overweight.

Volume 9 Num. 1 - March 2009 - Pages 59-66


Raquel Busto Zapico , Isaac Amigo V?zquez , Concepci?n Fern?ndez Rodr?guez , Javier Herrero D?ez


In this study, the relationship between extra school activities, physical
activity, sedentary leisure, sleeping and the Body Mass Index (IMC) was analyzed. The
sample consisted of 72 students, 41 girls and 31 boys, aged between 9 and 10 years and
half. An individual interview was made in which the children were asked out about the
TV programs that they watched each one of the days of the week, the time that they spent
with the console and the computer, the time that they dedicated to the sports and other
physical activities. The results showed that the sedentary leisure (number of hours of
television, computer and console) is associated with an increase of the IMC. But sedentary
leisure is also related with short sleeping and with the extra school activities. The implications
of these results on the study childhood overweight are discussed.

Key words:

short sleeping, sedentary leisure, childhood overweight

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