Effects of Obesity on Symmetry and Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Adolescent GaitPaper presented at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting (2011)
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% . 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 . The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of obesity on bilateral symmetry and spatio-temporal characteristics of adolescent walking.
- Childhood obesity,
Publication DateAugust, 2011
Citation InformationJanet 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)
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