Author(s): Tanaka LF, Latorre Mdo R, Silva AM, Konstantyner TC, Peres SV,
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of physical inactivity among adolescents with HIV/AIDS, as well as associated factors. METHODS: Ninety-one adolescents (from 10 to 19 years old) with HIV/AIDS who are patients at a university follow-up service were interviewed. Anthropometric data (weight, height, and waist circumference) were measured twice; clinical information was obtained from medical records, and habitual physical activity was assessed by a questionnaire proposed by Florindo et al. The cutoff point for sedentariness was 300minutes/week. RESULTS: The prevalence of inadequate height for age, malnutrition, and overweight/obesity was 15.4\%, 9.9\% and 12.1\%, respectively. The most common physical activities were soccer (44.4\%), volleyball (14.4\%) and cycling (7.8\%). The median times spent with physical activity and walking/bicycling to school were 141minutes and 39minutes, respectively. Most adolescents (71.4\%) were sedentary and this proportion was higher among girls (p=0.046). CONCLUSIONS: A high prevalence of physical inactivity among adolescents with HIV/AIDS was observed, similarly to the general population. Promoting physical activity among adolescents, especially among girls with HIV/AIDS, as well as monitoring it should be part of the follow-up routine of these patients. Copyright © 2015 Sociedade de Pediatria de São Paulo. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Rev Paul Pediatr
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research