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A Comprehensive Evaluation of Commonly Used Accelerometer Energy Expenditure and MET Prediction Equations
European Journal of Applied Physiology (2011)
  • Kate Lyden
  • Sarah L. Kozey
  • John W. Staudenmayer
  • Patty S. Freedson, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Numerous accelerometers and prediction methods are used to estimate energy expenditure (EE). Validation studies have been limited to small sample sizes in which participants complete a narrow range of activities and typically validate only one or two prediction models for one particular accelerometer. Purpose—To evaluate the validity of nine published and two proprietary EE prediction equations for three different accelerometers. Methods—277 participants completed an average of 6 treadmill (TRD) (1.34, 1.56, 2.23 m・sec−1 each at 0% and 3% grade) and 5 self-paced activities of daily living (ADLs). EE estimates were compared to indirect calorimetry. Accelerometers were worn while EE was measured using a portable metabolic unit. To estimate EE, 4 ActiGraph prediction models were used, 5 Actical models, and 2 RT3 proprietary models. Results—Across all activities, each equation underestimated EE (bias −0.1 to −1.4 METs and −0.5 to −1.3 kcals, respectively). For ADLs EE was underestimated by all prediction models (bias −0.2 to −2.0 and −0.2 to −2.8, respectively), while TRD activities were underestimated by seven equations, and overestimated by four equations (bias −0.8 to 0.2 METs and −0.4 to 0.5 kcals, respectively). Misclassification rates ranged from 21.7% (95% CI 20.4%, 24.2%) to 34.3% (95% CI 32.3%, 36.3%), with vigorous intensity activities being most often misclassified. Discussion—The prediction equations did not yield accurate point estimates of EE across a broad range of activities, nor were they accurate at classifying activities across a range of intensities (light < 3 METs, moderate 3–5.99 METs, vigorous ≥ 6 METs). Current prediction techniques have many limitations when translating accelerometer counts to EE.

  • accelerometers,
  • energy expenditure prediction equations,
  • objective measurement of physical activity,
  • activity classification
Publication Date
February, 2011
Publisher Statement
This article was harvested from PubMed. doi:10.1007/s00421-010-1639-8
Citation Information
Kate Lyden, Sarah L. Kozey, John W. Staudenmayer and Patty S. Freedson. "A Comprehensive Evaluation of Commonly Used Accelerometer Energy Expenditure and MET Prediction Equations" European Journal of Applied Physiology Vol. 111 Iss. 2 (2011)
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