YOUTH ENERGY EXPENDITURE

The Compendium of Physical Activities with Metabolic Equivalent (MET) values for adults has proved invaluable for research and practice. In 2008, a similar compendium was published for youth physical activities but its data was limited.

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is assisting efforts to achieve consensus on methods and measurements for improving youth energy expenditure estimates, and updating and expanding the existing youth compendium. A workgroup was formed in 2012; it continues to meet regularly and is also evaluating metrics for reporting.

The executive summary and full report from a workshop organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and NCCOR is available and chronicles early stages of the work.

Dr. Kate Ridley spent 2013 performing a literature review and updating the Youth Energy Compendium. Several workgroup members also attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 60th Annual Meeting to share their progress on the compendium with attendees and receive feedback from peers.

Based on findings from the literature review, NCCOR workgroup members are writing several journal articles exploring methods for calculating and measuring youth energy expenditure.