To investigate the independent associations between objectively measured levels of movement intensity (i.e., time spent sedentary and at light, moderate and vigorous intensities) and indicators of adiposity in a cohort of Canadian children.
A cross-sectional study was conducted in 550 Caucasian children aged 8-10 years with at least one obese biological parent. Physical activity and sedentary time (accelerometer over 7?d) and indicators of adiposity (% body fat measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and waist-to-height ratio) were objectively measured. We examined the associations between levels of movement intensity and adiposity in multi-level linear regression models adjusted for age, sex, sleep duration, energy intake, sexual maturation, parental socioeconomic status and parental body mass index.
Objectively measured sedentary time was not associated with adiposity indicators in this cohort (unadjusted and adjusted models). However, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) was inversely associated with % body fat (adj. ß?=?-0.047; P?=?0.02) and waist-to-height ratio (adj. ß?=?-0.071; P?