Passing rates on physical fitness. Effects of age, gender, physical activity, overweight and obesity

Daniel Santos, Raquel Chaves, Michele Souza, André Seabra, Rui Garganta, José Maia


The main objective of this study was to analyze the influence of gender, age, physical activity (PA) and overweight/obesity on health-related physical fitness (HRPF) passing rates. A sample of 581 boys and 529 girls, aged 6 to 10 years and enrolled in first cycle primary schools in Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal, was studied. Weight and height were measured and BMI was calculated. The FITNESSGRAM test battery was applied. The cut-off values of Cole et al. (2000) for overweight and obesity were used. PA levels were estimated using the questionnaire of Godin and Shephard. A high prevalence of overweight and obesity was found. No positive association was observed between PA and HRPF. Age does not seem to have an impact on HRPF passing rates.


Motor activity; Physical fitness; Children; Nutritional status; Atividade motora; Aptidão física; Criança; Sobrepeso; Obesidade.


The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.