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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

On-line version ISSN 2174-5145Print version ISSN 2173-1292


MARTINEZ-RODRIGUEZ, Alejandro; AIX-SANCHEZ, Javier; MARTINEZ-SANZ, José Miguel  and  LEYVA-VELA, Belén. Evaluation of physical fitness, sports and nutritional status of children aged 6 to 12: a pilot study. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.1, pp.3-10. ISSN 2174-5145.


The adverse effects of obesity can be reversed with a good campaign to prevent obesity. This treatment should begin within the school years, focusing on different areas of activity, especially Physical Education. The aim of this study was to determine the nutritional status and level of physical fitness in students from a school, and the relationship between them and the frequency of physical activity.

Material and Methods:

It was conducted in a population of 168 students between 6-12 years old in concerted Azalea Beniel School. Weight and height were recorded (for data on nutritional status), eating habits during brunch, frequency of physical activity and maximum oxygen consumption by multistage shuttle run test. We performed descriptive statistics, comparison of means, and correlations between nutritional status, maximum oxygen consumption and frequency of physical activity practice.


A large number of students show nutritional status overweight or obese. The frequency of physical activity recorded is below the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). Significant correlations between the frequency of physical activity and decreased body mass index are shown, as well as between the maximum oxygen consumption and increased body mass index.


A quarter of the students are overweight or obese. The consumption of industrial bakery products continues at lunch. The sports practice of the students is below the recommendations of the WHO.

Keywords : Overweight; Obesity; Child; Feeding Behavior; Oxygen Consumption; Body Mass Index.

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