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Physical activity has many well-known health benefits, but its association with lung function in childhood and adolescence is not well understood. A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has for the first time demonstrated an association between regular physical activity during childhood and higher lung-function values in adolescent girls.
The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, examined the relationship between physical activity, from childhood to adolescence, and lung function in adolescence in 2,300 boys and girls participating in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a United Kingdom–based birth cohort also known as “Children of the 90s”.
The children’s physical activity was recorded using an Actigraph sensor over seven-day periods at 11, 13 and 15 years of age and their lung function was analysed by spirometry at 8 and 15 years of age. The children’s parents also completed questionnaires on sociodemographic, psychological and lifestyle-related factors.
Physical-activity trajectories during childhood and lung function at 15 years: findings from the ALSPAC cohort. Roda C, Mahmoud O, Peralta GP, Fuertes E, Granell R, Serra I, Henderson J, Jarvis D, Garcia-Aymerich J. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2019, 1–11 doi: 10.1093/ije/dyz128