Movement skill mastery in a clinical sample of overweight and obese children

Dylan Cliff, Anthony Okely, Anthea Magarey

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    This study describes the prevalence of fundamental movement skill (FMS) mastery and advanced skill proficiency among treatment-seeking 610-year old children with overweight/obesity. A total of 132 participants (8.4 ± 1.0 years, BMI 24.2 ± 3.1 kg/m 2, 55% female, 76.5% obese) were assessed on 12 FMS and compared with a normative sample. The prevalence of FMS mastery was significantly lower among children categorized as overweight/obese for all skills across all age groups (all p < 0.05). Excluding the leap for 67-year olds, differences between the two samples remained when the prevalence of advance skill proficiency was examined for children categorized as overweight/obese. Physical activity programs designed for children with overweight/obesity need to address deficiencies in FMS proficiency as part of an overall strategy to promote physical activity participation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-475
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Obesity
    Issue number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


    • Adiposity
    • Exercise
    • Motor activity
    • Motor skills
    • Pediatrics


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