Comparisons in ambulatory physical activity in children from the United Kingdom and Belgium

Michael J. Duncan, Samantha L. Birch, Emma Eyre, Elizabeth Bryant, Cindy Rutten, Filip Boen, Jan Seghers

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Aim: This study sought to examine ambulatory physical activity levels in adolescents from the UK and Belgium. Methods: Following ethics approval, 2760 children (1247 boys, 1513 girls), aged 9-14 years from Belgium (n=1614) and the UK (n=1146), wore a pedometer for 4 days including at least 1 weekend day. Body mass index (BMI) was determined from height and mass. Results: A 2 (gender)×2 (country) way ANCOVA, controlling for age and BMI, revealed a significant country-by-gender interaction for steps/day (p=0.0001). In both Belgium and the UK, boys were more physically active than girls (both p=0.0001), but the difference between boys and girls was greater for Belgian than UK children. Conclusion: These results suggest there are differences in the ambulatory physical activity patterns of children in the UK and Belgium.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-292
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Human Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-cultural
  • obesity
  • pedometry
  • physical activity


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