Development of a Compendium of Energy Expenditures for youth

Kate Ridley, Barbara Ainsworth, Tim S. Olds

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    Background: This paper presents a Compendium of Energy Expenditures for use in scoring physical activity questionnaires and estimating energy expenditure levels in youth. Method/Results: Modeled after the adult Compendium of Physical Activities, the Compendium of Energy Expenditures for Youth contains a list of over 200 activities commonly performed by youth and their associated MET intensity levels. A review of existing data collected on the energy cost of youth performing activities was undertaken and incorporated into the compendium. About 35% of the activity MET levels were derived from energy cost data measured in youth and the remaining MET levels estimated from the adult compendium. Conclusion: The Compendium of Energy Expenditures for Youth is useful to researchers and practitioners interested in identifying physical activity and energy expenditure values in children and adolescents in a variety of settings.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number45
    JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
    StatePublished - Sep 10 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
    • Nutrition and Dietetics


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