For approximately 25 years, researchers have used the adult Compendium of Physical Activities as a standardized system to code the energy expenditure, or Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) intensity, of adult physical activities. Until recently, those interested in studying youth often relied on the adult Compendium and adult MET values as a proxy for youth values. However, the resting metabolic rate and activity energy expenditure are different in youth than in adults and can vary significantly across ages as youth mature physically and improve motor skills. Therefore, an updated, comprehensive youth Compendium is needed to expand on this previous work.
Sept. 5, 2012, Journal of Obesity
Dietary indexes, because of the inclusion of multiple dietary components in a single measure, let us describe the characteristics of the overall diet. Results of dietary assessment via this method are more easily understood and interpreted by consumers, practitioners, and other stakeholders such as policy makers. Continue reading
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD/NIH) recently announced a call for papers for a special theme issue on obesity prevention called “Advancing Obesity Prevention: Quality Improvements, Emerging Models, and Best Practices.” The issue will be published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) in May 2013. The submission deadline is Sept. 21. Continue reading