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Table 2
Percentage distribution of health benefit ratings of selected fitness measures, by sex, household population aged 15 to 19 years and 20 to 39, Canada, March 2007 to February 2009

Health benefit rating and sex 15 to 19 years 20 to 39 years
% 95% confidence interval % 95% confidence interval
from to from to
Aerobic fitness health benefit zone
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys 32 24 39 46 41 51
Girls 20* 14 25 37* 31 44
Good
Boys 31 24 38 26 20 33
Girls 54* 47 62 40* 37 44
Excellent/Very good
Boys 38 31 45 27 19 36
Girls 26* 19 34 23 16 29
Flexibility (sit-and-reach) health benefit zone
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys 68 62 74 61 55 66
Girls 59* 49 69 55 52 59
Good
Boys 19 13 24 16 12 21
Girls 12E 8 16 16 12 19
Excellent/Very good
Boys 13E 8 19 23 19 27
Girls 30* 21 38 29* 26 32
Muscular endurance (partial curl-up) health benefit zone
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys 20E 13 27 19 14 23
Girls 38* 28 47 46* 41 52
Good
Boys <10 ... ... 7E 4 9
Girls 9 7 12 10 7 13
Excellent/Very good
Boys 74 68 80 75 70 80
Girls 53* 44 62 44* 39 49
Muscular strength (grip strength) health benefit zone
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys 59 51 67 42 35 49
Girls 47* 38 55 56* 50 61
Good
Boys 19E 13 25 24E 15 32
Girls 27 22 32 18 14 22
Excellent/Very good
Boys 22 17 27 34 27 42
Girls 27 20 33 27 19 34
Overall musculoskeletal health benefit zone
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys 46 36 55 30 25 36
Girls 47 37 56 51* 46 56
Good
Boys 30 21 39 32 26 38
Girls 29 20 38 28 23 33
Excellent/Very good
Boys 25 19 31 38 31 44
Girls 24E 16 33 21* 17 24
Body mass index category§
Obese
Boys 14E 6 22 19 15 23
Girls 10 7 13 21 16 25
Overweight
Boys 17 12 22 37 30 45
Girls 16 12 20 23* 17 30
Normal weight
Boys 69 60 77 43 37 48
Girls 74 69 80 50 41 60
Waist circumference health risk
High risk
Boys <13 ... ... 21 18 24
Girls 17* 12 21 31* 25 37
Increased risk
Boys <12     14 11 18
Girls 11E 5 17 17E 11 23
Low risk
Boys 85 78 93 65 61 69
Girls 72* 64 80 52* 43 61
Body composition health benefit zone††
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys <13 ... ... 20 17 23
Girls 15E 9 20 29* 23 34
Good
Boys <11 ... ... <5 ... ...
Girls <4 ... ... <6 ... ...
Excellent/Very good
Boys 86 79 94 77 73 82
Girls 84 79 88 68* 61 74
Back fitness health benefit zone‡‡
Fair/Needs improvement
Boys 13 10 16 22 18 25
Girls 22E 13 31 30* 24 36
Good
Boys 29 23 35 21 15 27
Girls 14*E 8 20 17 12 22
Excellent/Very good
Boys 58 52 65 58 53 62
Girls 64 56 72 53 47 59
* significantly different from estimate for boys (p < 0.05)
significantly different from estimate for 20- to 39-year-olds (p < 0.05)
based on fiexibility, muscular endurance and muscular strength
§ estimates for underweight not reported because of small sample sizes
†† based on BMI, waist circumference and sum of five skinfolds
‡‡ based on fiexibility, muscular endurance and waist circumference
E use with caution (coefficient of variation 16.6% to 33.3%)
... not applicable
Note: If coefficient of variation of estimate is greater than 33%, estimate is indicated as being less than upper limit of 95% confidence interval.
Source: 2007-2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey.