RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SOMATIC INDICES, ENERGY INTAKE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF CHILDREN FROM EASTERN POLAND.
 
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Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2004;54(4):403–408
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The aim of the present study was to determine the relationships between BMI, energy intake and physical activity in boys and girls aged 10 to 15 years, coming from small towns in Eastern Poland. The research involved 628 children. In approximately 12% of the children examined the BMI was ≤ 10 ptc (slim children); and 3% of the children were characterised by growth inhibition, which may indicate a serious disease or dietary (energy) deficiency. Insufficient energy intake was also confirmed by even very low mean values of physical activity index in children with BMI ≤ 10 ptc, i.e. 1.14 in boys and 1.21 in girls. Furthermore, the results obtained indicate that the declared energy intake does not always correspond with its actual level, so in order to obtain reliable results not only the interview data, but also the BMI of a given individual should be taken into account.
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