Author(s): van den BergEmons HJ, Bussmann JB, Meyerink HJ, Roebroeck ME, Stam HJ
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: Data on body fat and fitness in adolescents and young adults with meningomyelocele are scarce. The aim of this study was to assess body fat and fitness in this patient group. In addition, we explored whether the level of everyday physical activity is related to body fat and fitness. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Body fat (skinfold thickness), fitness (VO2peak), and everyday physical activity (Activity Monitor, based on accelerometry) were measured in 14 patients with meningomyelocele (8 men, 6 women; age range 14-26 years). RESULTS: Peak VO2 was 20-30\% lower than reference values and 4 patients were obese. Level of everyday activity was related to fitness (rs = 0.65, p = 0.01) but not to body fat. CONCLUSION: Young patients with meningomyelocele are at risk for developing obesity and have a distinctly subnormal fitness. Level of everyday physical activity is related to fitness in this patient group.
This article was published in J Rehabil Med
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior