Do overweight girls overreport physical activity?

Robert G. McMurray, Dianne S. Ward, John P. Elder, Leslie A. Lytle, Patricia K. Strikmiller, Christopher D. Baggett, Deborah R. Young

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    Objective: To determine if overweight adolescent girls are more likely to overreport physical activity compared to normal-weight girls. Methods: Participation in physical activities and perceived intensity of activities were assessed from the previous day physical activity recall (PDPAR) in 1021 girls aged 11-14 years old (37% overweight). Daily minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) were measured using accelerometery. Results: Girls in the "at-risk for overweight" and "overweight" categories had 17.7% and 19.4% fewer minutes of MVPA per block reported on the PDPAR compared to normal-weight girls (P<O.05). Conclusions: Overweight adolescent girls tend to overreport their total amount of physical activity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)538-546
    Number of pages9
    JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 2008


    • Accelerometry
    • Adolescents
    • Exercise

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Social Psychology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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