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Children who become active

Claudio E. Pérez

This article focuses on conditions linked to children’s becoming physically active. A variety of influences are considered, including time spent watching TV as well as hours of physical education classes offered at school.


  • Overweight children aged 8 to 11 were less active than those aged 4 to 7.

  • For overweight/obese children, a relatively high number of hours in physical education class was predictive of becoming physically active.

  • Overweight/obese children who were frequent TV viewers had low odds of adopting and maintaining an active lifestyle.

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