Saturday, May 14, 2011

BMI and Gross Motor Skills

Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and gross motor skill level in children. Fifty typically developing 3-5 year old children were evaluated with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales. Of those 50 children, 24% were overweight/obese with 54% scoring below average on the PDMS in that group. Whereas only 15% of the non overweight group scored below average on the PDMS. The researchers concluded that 3-5 year old children with a high BMI may have difficulties with gross motor skills. More research was recommended.

Reference: Nervik, Deborah PT, MHS, DPT, DHS, PCS; Martin, Kathy PT, DHS; Rundquist, Peter PT, PhD; Cleland, Joshua PT, PhD The Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Gross Motor Development in Children Aged 3 to 5 Years. Pediatric Physical Therapy:
Summer 2011 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 144–148 doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e318218d356

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