Quality of Life Profile, Overweight-Obesity and Sedentary Behavior in Elementary and High School Children of Guanacaste

Revista [email protected] Educare. 2010;14(2):207-224


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Journal Title: Revista [email protected] Educare

ISSN: 1409-4258 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

Society/Institution: Centro de Investigación y Docencia en Educación

LCC Subject Category: Education: Special aspects of education

Country of publisher: Costa Rica

Language of fulltext: Spanish

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Pedro Ureña-Bonilla (Universidad Nacional)

Felipe Araya-Ramírez (Universidad Nacional)

Braulio Sánchez-Ureña (Universidad Nacional)

Jorge Salas-Cabrera (Universidad Nacional)

Luis Alberto Blanco-Romero (Universidad Nacional)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 28 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The purpose of this study was to identify the quality of life profile, overweight-obesity and sedentary behavior in a group of elementary and high school children of Guanacaste. 635 students participated in the study. The participants completed a protocol by which they were anthropometrically evaluated, and also filled up a questionnaire related to sedentary behavior and quality of life. In general, the findings reflected a prevalence of overweight and obesity of 13, 9%. The most important sedentary activities were, in descending order, the small screen (watching TV, video games, computer), and certain social and cultural activities. The self-reported quality of life index was within acceptable limits but not exceeding 80 points on a scale of 1-100. There was no significant relationship between the rate of the overall quality of life, overweight, obesity and some sedentary behaviors, although some anthropometric parameters like percentage of body fat and body weight showed significant correlation with sedentary behavior and specific aspects belonging to quality of life. The study provides valuable information to health authorities, directors of educational institutions and parents about key issues related to child development.