Material Matters Graduate Student Discussion Group
Tuesday, December 1, 1:30 PM, Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library
"The Physical Activity Transition in Canadian and Kenyan Children"
Presenterd by: Mike Borghese, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
The prevalence of obesity in developing countries is rising at a faster rate than that previously observed in developed countries. It is thought that rapid growth in affluence and urbanization in developing countries is contributing to this trend through a physical activity transition. The physical activity transition largely describes a shift in patterns of human movement behaviour from being more physically active to being largely sedentary. For example, while “electronic age” technologies took decades to permeate North American society, these devices are becoming available very quickly in developing countries. This presentation will focus on the anthropometric and fitness profiles of Canadian and Kenyan children from both urban and rural environments. These data will be used to frame the physical activity transition in both environments, and recommendations for the prevention of sedentary lifestyles will be discussed.