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Micronutrient and anthropometric status indicators are associated with physical fitness in Colombian school children

Citation

Arsenault, J. E., Mora-Plazas, M., Forero, Y., Lopez-Arana, S., Jauregui, G., Baylin, A., ... Villamor, E. (2011). Micronutrient and anthropometric status indicators are associated with physical fitness in Colombian school children. In [25], p. 986.3. .

Abstract

Poor physical fitness is associated with increased health-related risks in children. The association of nutritional status indicators and physical fitness in children residing in developing countries is not well characterized. We conducted a cross-sectional study among 1945 children 5–12 y of age in Bogotá, Colombia, to assess whether anthropometric and micronutrient status indicators were associated with performance in the shuttle run and standing long jump tests. Stunted children scored significantly lower in the run (p=0.0002) and jump (boys only; p=0.003) tests than non-stunted children. Children who were thin or overweight/obese ran slower than normal weight children (p