Later achievement of infant motor milestones is related to lower levels of physical activity during childhood: the GECKO Drenthe cohort

Silvia Brouwer, Ronald P. Stolk, Eva Corpeleijn

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study is to investigate whether age of infant motor milestone achievement is related to levels of physical activity (PA), weight status and blood pressure at age 4–7years of age. Methods: In the Dutch GECKO (Groningen Expert Center of Kids with Obesity) Drenthe cohort, the age of achieving the motor milestone ‘walking without support’ was reported by parents. Weight status and blood pressure were assessed by trained health nurses and PA was measured using the Actigraph GT3X between age 4 and 7years. Results: Adjusted for children’s age, sex and the mother’s education level, infants who achieved walking without support at a later age, spent more time in sedentary behaviour during childhood and less time in moderate-tovigorous PA. Later motor milestones achievement was not related to higher BMI Z-score, waist circumference Zscore, diastolic or systolic blood pressure. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that a later age of achieving motor milestone within the normal range have a weak relation to lower PA levels at later age. It is not likely that this will have consequences for weight status or blood pressure at 4–7years of age.
Original languageEnglish
Article number388
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • motor control
  • infants
  • physical activity
  • obesity

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