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Table 3 Studies of steps/day related to indicators of healthy vs. unhealthy body composition in young people

From: How many steps/day are enough? for children and adolescents

Reference Sample Characteristics Step Counting Instrument Monitoring Frame Analytical Strategy Findings
Tudor-Locke [23]
2004
Australia
Sweden
USA
959 boys, 995 girls;
school children;
6 to 12 years
MyLife Stepper MLS-2000
Yamax, Tokyo, Japan
4 week days Contrasting groups method to identify optimal steps/day related to BMI- defined normal weight vs. overweight/obese IOTF Boys: 15,000 steps/day
Girls: 12,000 steps/day
Duncan [54]
2006
New Zealand
454boys, 515girls;
elementary school children;
5 to 12 years
NL-2000, New Lifestyles Inc., Lee's Summit, MO 3 weekdays, 2 weekend days Contrasting groups method to identify overweight vs. nonoverweight based on 95th percentile for % body fat by bioelectric impedance Boys: 16,000 steps/day
Girls: 13,000 steps/day
Laurson [55]
2008
USA
358 boys, 454 girls;
elementary school children;
6 to 12 years
Digiwalker 200-SW 4-7 days including at least one weekend day ROC, specificity, sensitivity to determine maximal accuracy of identifying BMI-defined normal weight vs. overweight/obese (IOTF criteria) Boys: 13,666
Girls: 9,983
Dollman [56]
2010
Australia
995 boys, 1,076 girls;
Nationally representative sample;
5 to 16 years
New Lifestyles 1000 7 days including weekends ROC, specificity, sensitivity to determine maximal accuracy of identifying BMI-defined normal weight vs. overweight/obese (IOTF criteria) Boys (5-12 years): 12,000
Boys (13-16 years): 11,000
Girls (5-12 years): 10,000
Girls (13-16 years): NS findings
  1. Note: IOTF = International Obesity Task Force [58]