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Horizonte sanitario

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GARCIA HERNANDEZ, Nallely; RIVAS ACUNA, Valentina; GUEVARA VALTIER, Milton Carlos  and  GARCIA FALCONI, Renan. Physical activity and nutritional status in Mexican southeast scholars. Horiz. sanitario [online]. 2020, vol.19, n.3, pp.453-459.  Epub Feb 19, 2021. ISSN 2007-7459.


The main objective of this research is to describe relationship between physical activity and nutritional status level of schoolchildren in Tabasco, a southeastern state from Mexico.

Materials and methods:

It was used a descriptive-correlational design with random unrestricted probabilistic of 2,084 schoolchildren sample enrolled in six primary schools in Tabasco. Data was collected through the "Four by One-day physical activity questionnaire", in addition to anthropometric assessments.


The results showed that 46.3% of schoolchildren are overweight and obese and that the physical activities most frequently carried out by schoolchildren are very light, indicating lower energy expenditure. It is also reflected that from 62% of very inactive infants, girls represent 34.7%, indicating they are more inactive compared to boys. It was found a statistically significant negative relationship (rs = -, 105, p =, 001) of physical activity with nutritional status.

Keywords : paediatric obesity; nutritional status; motor activity.

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