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Effects of Obesity on Symmetry and Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Adolescent Gait
Paper presented at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Janet S. Dufek, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • John A. Mercer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Rayland L. Currie, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Philana-Lee Gouws, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Lori L. Candela, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Antonio P. Gutierrez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • LeAnn G. Putney, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Abstract
Child obesity is becoming all too prevalent as society becomes more sedentary. The percentage of overweight children 12-19 yrs old in the U.S. has increased over 11% since 1980, with the current level reported at 16.1% [1]. In adults, gait characteristics have been shown to vary with increasing adiposity, most notably a slower preferred walking speed, longer stance and double support phases, and greater base of support [2-4]. It is not known if obesity leads to similar locomotor outcomes for adolescents. In addition, the question of symmetry has been raised relative to limb dominance observed in obese children [5]. The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of obesity on bilateral symmetry and spatio-temporal characteristics of adolescent walking.
Keywords
  • Childhood obesity,
  • Gait,
  • Adolescence
Publication Date
August, 2011
Citation Information
Janet S. Dufek, John A. Mercer, Rayland L. Currie, Philana-Lee Gouws, et al.. "Effects of Obesity on Symmetry and Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Adolescent Gait" Paper presented at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting (2011)
source:http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2011/pdf/114.pdf
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/antonio-gutierrez/17/