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Analysis of Adolescent Physical Activity Levels and Their Relationship with Body Image and Nutritional Habits

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Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Faculty of Health of Sciences, Catholic University of Murcia, 30107 Murcia, Spain
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Grupo de Investigación CTS-1018 Physical Activity for Health Promotion, Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Academic Editors: Alberto Nuviala-Nuviala, Raquel Pérez-Ordás and Antonio Fernández-Martínez
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 3064; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19053064
Received: 2 January 2022 / Revised: 27 February 2022 / Accepted: 3 March 2022 / Published: 5 March 2022
The main objective of this research article was to make a cluster analysis in Compulsory Secondary Education students with regard to their physical activity levels, their relationship with nutritional habits and body perception. In this study, a total of 1089 students participated, to whom a battery of tests was given in order to assess three aspects: levels of physical activity, food consumption habits and perception of body image. The main results indicated that the adolescent sample presented high levels of physical activity in comparison with other studies. In addition, a profile analysis was carried out, showing that there were no differences in physical activity, in nutritional habits or in body-image index. Taking into account gender, women who practice light physical activity had better nutritional habits. On the other hand, boys dominated in the group of moderate-to-high physical activity, while the girls were mainly included in the profile of low physical activity. Finally, body-image index was greater in men than women. It was concluded that is necessary to promote the importance of adequate nutritional habits in addition to physical activity, and it is necessary to promote body image, particularly among adolescent girls, given their low values of physical activity and worse body-image perception in relation to boys. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical exercise; physical education; nutrition; body perception; adolescents physical exercise; physical education; nutrition; body perception; adolescents
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Manzano-Sánchez, D.; Palop-Montoro, M.V.; Arteaga-Checa, M.; Valero-Valenzuela, A. Analysis of Adolescent Physical Activity Levels and Their Relationship with Body Image and Nutritional Habits. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3064. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19053064

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Manzano-Sánchez D, Palop-Montoro MV, Arteaga-Checa M, Valero-Valenzuela A. Analysis of Adolescent Physical Activity Levels and Their Relationship with Body Image and Nutritional Habits. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(5):3064. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19053064

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Manzano-Sánchez, David, María Victoria Palop-Montoro, Milagros Arteaga-Checa, and Alfonso Valero-Valenzuela. 2022. "Analysis of Adolescent Physical Activity Levels and Their Relationship with Body Image and Nutritional Habits" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 5: 3064. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19053064

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