Leading by Example: Association Between Mother and Child Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior.
PURPOSE: The authors examined the relationship between mother and child activity.
METHODS: The authors compared moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary time of low-income mothers with obesity and their 6- to 12-year-old children on week (WD) and weekend (WE) days. A total of 196 mother-child pairs wore accelerometers simultaneously for a week. Mothers completed questionnaires. Spearman correlation and multivariate regression were used.
RESULTS: WE MVPA (accelerometry) was significantly correlated between mothers with children aged 6-7 (rs = .35) and daughters (rs = .27). Self-reported maternal PA time spent with one of their children was significantly correlated with the WE MVPA of all children (rs = .21) and children aged 8-10 (rs = .22) and with the WD MVPA of all children (rs = .15), children aged 8-10 (rs = .23), aged 11-12 (rs = .52), and daughters (rs = .37), and inversely correlated to the WD sedentary time of all children (rs = -.21), children aged 8-10 (rs = -.30), aged 11-12 (rs = -.34), daughters (rs = -.26), and sons (rs = -.22). In multivariate regression, significant associations were identified between reported child-mother PA time together and child MVPA and sedentary time (accelerometry).
CONCLUSIONS: Mothers may influence the PA levels of their children with the strongest associations found in children aged 6-7 and daughters. Mother-child coparticipation in PA may lead to increased child MVPA and decreased sedentary behavior.
Pediatr Exerc Sci
accelerometry; obesity; parents; pediatrics
Julius, B. R., O'Shea, A. M., Francis, S. L., Janz, K. F., Laroche, H. Leading by Example: Association Between Mother and Child Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior. Pediatr Exerc Sci 33, 49-60 (2021).