The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 12, pp 1079–1085 | Cite as

Exercise Capacity Assessment by the Modified Shuttle Walk Test and its Correlation with Biochemical Parameters in Obese Children and Adolescents

  • Priscila Kurz de Assumpção
  • João Paulo Heinzmann-Filho
  • Heloisa Ataíde Isaia
  • Flávia Holzschuh
  • Tiéle Dalcul
  • Márcio Vinícius Fagundes Donadio
Original Article



To evaluate exercise capacity of obese children and adolescents compared with normal-weight individuals and to investigate possible correlations with blood biochemical parameters.


In this study, children and adolescents between 6 and 18 y were included and divided into control (eutrophic) and obese groups according to body mass index (BMI). Data were collected regarding demographic, anthropometric, waist circumference and exercise capacity through the Modified Shuttle Walk Test (MSWT). In the obese group, biochemical parameters in the blood (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose) were evaluated, and a physical activity questionnaire was applied.


Seventy seven participants were included; 27 in the control group and 50 obese. There was no significant difference between the two groups regarding sample characteristics, except for body weight, BMI and waist circumference. Most obese children presented results of biochemical tests within the desirable limit, though none were considered active. There was a significant exercise capacity reduction (p < 0.001) in the obese group compared to control subjects. Positive correlations were identified for the MSWT with age and height, and a negative correlation with BMI. However, there were no correlations with the biochemical parameters analyzed.


Obese children and adolescents have reduced exercise capacity when compared to normal individuals. The MSWT performance seems to have a negative association with BMI, but is not correlated with blood biochemical parameters.


Obesity Exercise test Nutritional status Laboratory chemicals Pediatrics 



The authors thank CAPES and FAPERGS for the concession of scholarships (Priscila Kurz de deAssumpção and João Paulo Heinzmann-Filho).


PKdA, HAI, FH and TD: Data collection and revision of the manuscript; JPH-F and MVFD: Conception of the study design, data collection, statistical analysis, writing and revising the manuscript. MVFD will act as guarantor for this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Priscila Kurz de Assumpção
    • 1
    • 2
  • João Paulo Heinzmann-Filho
    • 3
  • Heloisa Ataíde Isaia
    • 4
  • Flávia Holzschuh
    • 2
  • Tiéle Dalcul
    • 2
  • Márcio Vinícius Fagundes Donadio
    • 3
  1. 1.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Integrated School of Santa Maria (FISMA)Santa MariaBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratory of Pediatric Physical Activity, Infant CenterPontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do SulBrazil
  4. 4.Franciscan University Center (UNIFRA)Santa MariaBrazil

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