Advancing research on youth energy expenditure: Call for article submissions

October 20, 2015

For approximately 25 years, researchers have used the adult Compendium of Physical Activities as a standardized system to code the energy expenditure, or Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) intensity, of adult physical activities. Until recently, those interested in studying youth often relied on the adult Compendium and adult MET values as a proxy for youth values. However, the resting metabolic rate and activity energy expenditure are different in youth than in adults and can vary significantly across ages as youth mature physically and improve motor skills. Therefore, an updated, comprehensive youth Compendium is needed to expand on this previous work.

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research invites investigators to contribute original research articles that will directly inform the further development of a Youth Compendium of Physical Activities. Articles will be published in a special, open-access supplemental issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health in 2016. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 21, 2015.

Investigators who have conducted research measuring the energy cost of physical activities in children aged 2 to 18 years are invited to submit a brief manuscript on topics that include, but are not limited to, the energy cost of:

  • Playground activities (including games like 4-corners, hopscotch, or free play)
  • Youth sports (e.g., soccer, basketball, baseball, kickball, dodgeball)
  • Outdoor activities (e.g., bicycling [not ergometer], scooter/skateboard riding)
  • School activities
  • Household activities

Compiling a comprehensive and standardized list of the measured energy cost of youth activities will provide significant value to the assessment of youth energy expenditure and contribute to the development of intervention strategies to improve youth health and reduce childhood obesity.

For further details, please visit: http://ow.ly/TtQP5

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