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The Relationship between Body Image and Free Time Physical Activity in Children 5-8 Years Old

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Childhood obesity has become a huge issue in the United States. This study examines the relationship between body image and free time physical activity in children ages 5-8 years old. The Collins Figure Drawings were used to assess how participants viewed their ideal body image and perceived body image and behavior observed most often was recorded. Overall, results indicated that 34.5% of participants were overweight. Fifty-eight percent of boys and fifty-four percent of girls were dissatisfied with their bodies. The behavior most observed during free time for both girls and boys was sitting. Although the majority of participants were dissatisfied with their bodies, it did not impact the amount of physical activity children achieved. Participants were engaged in moderate physical activity for 13 minutes during free time (free time was for 30 minutes). Results from this study indicated that there is no relationship between body image and physical activity.

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