Difference in physical activity in children and adolescents
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The disease may decrease the perceived ability to engage in physical activity (PA) in children and adolescents with asthma, leading to an increase in sedentary lifestyles. It is not clear from the literature whether children and adolescents with asthma differ from their healthy peers in their PA levels. A Study was conducted to describe the different methods and instruments used to measure PA and to compare the PA levels of children and adolescents with asthma with those of their healthy peers.

Researchers included studies that compared the PA measured by objective and subjective instruments in children and adolescents with asthma versus controls. Two independent reviewers analyzed the studies, extracted the data, and assessed the quality of evidence.

Results:
Of the 5966 reports returned by the initial search, 28 articles reporting on 3184 patients were included in the data synthesis.
-A forest plot showed that both groups had similar values of moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA; mean difference, -0.05h/day), sedentary time (mean difference 0.00h/day) and steps/day (mean difference 354 steps/day).

In particular, Children and adolescents with asthma have similar MVPA, steps/day, and sedentary time compared to the controls. The main instruments used were questionnaires and accelerometers.

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ppul.25293?af=R
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