BackgroundIncreased self-perceived fatigue (SpF) has already been identified in chronic conditions such as obesity, but it is also a growing problem in school-attending adolescents (±25%). This study tried to link body composition to SpF and physical activity/performance. Additionally, indicators for fatigue were determined.MethodsA total of 452 adolescents were recruited. Body composition was measured and physical activity, physical performance, and SpF were assessed. Based on the total SpF (Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory) outcomes, three groups were created: low fatigue (LF) medium fatigue (MF) and high fatigue (HF).ResultsFat was significantly lower in the LF group compared with MF (P<0,05) and HF (P<0.01). Grip endurance was increased in LF (P<0.05) and MF (P<0.01) compared with HF; similar results were found with the Cooper test. Sport Index was increased in LF compared with MF and HF (P<0.01). Fat and physical activity were related to fatigue (P<0.01). Decreased fatigue resistance, Sport Index and higher fat percentage increased the chance of being extremely fatigued.ConclusionThis study emphasizes the importance of using fat mass and fat percentage instead of body mass index when screening adolescents. To prevent increased SpF, it is necessary to stimulate youngsters to be physically active and to promote healthy behaviors.Pediatric Research advance online publication, 15 November 2017; doi:10.1038/pr.2017.274.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-424
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number2
Early online date15 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

    Research areas

  • Journal Article, Body Composition, Fatigue assessment, Adolescents

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