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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131  

Use of International physical activity questionnaire-short form for assessment of physical activity of children


Department of Community Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication25-Apr-2017

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Madhavi Bhargava
Department of Community Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya University, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfcm.JFCM_60_16

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Bhargava M. Use of International physical activity questionnaire-short form for assessment of physical activity of children. J Fam Community Med 2017;24:131

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Bhargava M. Use of International physical activity questionnaire-short form for assessment of physical activity of children. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Nov 26];24:131. Available from: https://www.jfcmonline.com/text.asp?2017/24/2/131/205115

Sir,

The article by Ahmed et al. explains the role of altitude, an important environmental determinant, in overweight and obesity in children.[1] Altitude is an important factor that influences physical activity which in turn affects overweight and obesity in children. However, the following issues need to be addressed to clarify the problem.

The authors used International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form-A (IPAQ-SF) to assess physical activity and calculate metabolic equivalent for participants belonging to the age group 10–15 years. However, the IPAQ Guidelines for data processing and analysis clearly indicate that the instrument should be used for ages ranging from 15 to 59 years and that “until further development and testing is undertaken, the use of IPAQ for older and younger age groups is not recommended.”[2]

Moreover, the authors mention that they used WHO-NCHS reference population, but the reference provided discusses the Centers for Disease Control cutoffs which are appropriate for US-children only.[3] It is now agreed that to define cutoffs for overweight and obesity in this age group, WHO cutoffs for school children should be used.[4]

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1.
Ahmed HS, Khalid ME, Osman OM, Ballal MA, Al-Hashem FH. The association between physical activity and overweight and obesity in a population of children at high and low altitudes in Southwestern Saudi Arabia. J Family Community Med 2016;23:82-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
IPAQ Research Committee. Guidelines for Data Processing and Analysis of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) – Short and Long Forms; 2005. p. 1-15.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Krebs NF, Himes JH, Jacobson D, Nicklas TA, Guilday P, Styne D. Assessment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Pediatrics 2007;120 Suppl 4:S193-228.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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de Onis M, Onyango AW, Borghi E, Siyam A, Nishida C, Siekmann J. Development of a WHO growth reference for school-aged children and adolescents. Bull World Health Organ 2007;85:660-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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