Relationship between aerobic fitness and cardiometabolic disease risk in South African children
Moselakgomo, Violet K.
Toriola, Abel L.
Onagbiye, Sunday O.
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This study investigated the relationship between the aerobic capacity (VO2 peak) and cardiometabolic disease (CMD) risk in South African children and adolescents.A total of 1361 (boys: N.= 678; girls: N.=683) primary school children (Mean age: 10.9±1.28 years), whose parents gave signed informed consent, participated in the study. Anthropometric (height, weight, circumference of the hip and waist), physiological [systolic blood pressure (SBP); diastolic blood pressure (DBP)], and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) [(20-meters Multistage Shuttle Run (MSR)] measurements were taken using standardised protocols. To examine the relationship between aerobic fitness and CMD risk factors, bivariate correlation analysis was undertaken.