Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine rural children's sedentary time during school days vs non-school days Currently, childhood obesity research has focused predominantly on urban-dwelling children. However, existing literature indicates that rural children have higher rates of obesity than their urban counterparts. There is a current lack of evidence investigating the obesogenic behaviors of rural children, such as physical activity levels, sleep duration, sedentary behaviors and diet. With this project, I aim to observe sedentary time (time spent sitting, screen time etc.) as research has shown that independent of physical activity, sedentary time is associated with weight gain. A secondary aim of this research is to test the Structured Days Hypothesis which states that children engage in less-favorable obesogenic behaviors (e.g., prolonged sitting, higher screen time) during non-school versus school-days due to the removal of ‘structure' during non-school days.

Thesis Completion

2020

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair/Advisor

Brazendale, Keith

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Health Professions and Sciences

Department

Health Sciences

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

12-1-2020

Restricted to the UCF community until 12-1-2020; it will then be open access.

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