Study of the cardio respiratory response to six minute walk test in normal weight, overweight and obese children aged 7 to 10 years
A I M - To study the cardio respiratory response to six minute walk test in normal weight, overweight and obese children aged 7 to 10 years. Methodology- An experimental study was carried out to study cardiorespiratory fitness in normal weight, overweight and obese children aged 7 to 10 years.120 children divided into three groups as normal weight, overweight and obese according to percentile chart for age and gender using simple random sampling. Physiological response of children to six minute walk test were evaluated using ( BP, RR,HR ,Distance walked, RPE). Data was documented pre and post 6 MWT and analyzed using ANOVA and Bonefferoni multiple comparison test. Result- Physiological variable showed statistical significant changes were observed in obese grade. When intergroup analysis was done, it was found that obese children showed maximum rise in terms of (SBP, RR, RPE) as compared to normal weight peers. There is no significant difference observed in overweight and obese. And overweight children also showed statistically significant higher response as compared to normal weight peers. Distance covered in six minute was found to be significantly higher in normal weight children as compared to overweight and obese Conclusion - The study concludes that six minute walk test response is significantly higher with higher grades of BMI, which can be effectively used to assess their cardio respiratory fitness.
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