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

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

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