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Accelerometers identify inactive and potentially obese children (EarlyBird 3)
  1. B S Metcalf,
  2. L D Voss,
  3. T J Wilkin
  1. University Medicine, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr L D Voss, EarlyBird Research Centre, Child Health, Level 12, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH, UK;


Accelerometers revealed a fivefold variation in physical activity among healthy 5 year old children. They singled out habitually inactive children, most of them girls, who did little, whether at school or over the weekend. Accelerometers are of potential value in identifying, from an early age, children at risk of becoming obese.

  • accelerometer
  • obese
  • inactivity
  • CSA, Computer Science and Applications
  • PA, physical activity

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