Extracurricular Sports Participation and Sedentary Behavior in Association with Dietary Habits and Obesity Risk in Children and Adolescents and the Role of Family Structure: a Literature Review

Aikaterini Kanellopoulou, Dimitrios V. Diamantis, Venetia Notara, Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Childhood obesity is considered a major problem in the modern world, associated with many health issues in youth. This review aimed the association between extracurricular sports participation, sedentary time/screen time, and “obesogenic” and “non-obesogenic” dietary habits among youth and to explore the role of family structure on the adoption of sedentary behaviors by children. Recent Findings: Increased participation in extracurricular sports was associated with a healthier dietary pattern, containing more “non-obesogenic” food choices. Opposite results were indicated by sedentary activities. Increased time in watching TV, computer/electronic games, and other screen devices was positively associated with unhealthy dietary patterns. Summary: Overall, extracurricular activities influence the quality of food choices, which may prevent or promote childhood obesity; thus, sport-related activities should be promoted through public health policies. The role of the family structure is contradictory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Nutrition Reports
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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