Views of 10-12 Years Old Girls about Sports, Free Time and their Relation with BIM
The aim of this study was to examine factors such as BMI in relation to girlsâ€™ age andÂ attitude towards athletics. The participants were girls 10-12 years old (M.=10,98 years, S. d.=0,82 years) and were chosen from all primary schools of a city of West Macedonia, (685 girls: 235 ten years olds, 230 eleven years olds and 220 twelve years olds).Â Questionnaires were used in order to count a) girlsâ€™ Body Mass Index (BMI), b) distribution of parentsâ€™ athletic activities, c) distribution of girlsâ€™ athletic activities based on their future intentions and d)Â the reasons for the lack of free time to exercise. Chi Square Test and One Way ANOVA were used in order to analyse data. The statistical analysis of the data showedÂ significant difference (p<0,001) in the distribution of girlsâ€™ BMIa) the frequency of their weekly exercise, b) their parentsâ€™ exercise, c) girlsâ€™s involvement in athletics and their desire to exercise in the future, and d) the differentiation of the three age categories and the reasons of lack of free time. Thus, the above factors affect girlsâ€™ involvement in athletic activities.
Key â€“ Words: Obesity, Body Mass Index (BMI), Free Time
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