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Walking pattern deviation in 10-15 year old obese children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo

Authors:

Sameera M Withanage ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Shanshika P Maddumage,

University of Colombo, LK
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Pujitha Wickramasinghe

University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Background and objectives

Childhood obesity, a major health concern, could lead to many complications including alterations of the gait. Therefore, the aim of the study was to identify the deviation in walking pattern of 10-15 year old obese children from their non-obese counterparts.

Methods

A cross sectional comparative study was done at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo involving 50 obese and 50 non-obese children aged 10-15 years. A simple random sampling method was used, and the participants were asked to walk along a 12m walkway with a 6m center recording zone, at a self-selected walking speed. The step length, stride length and cadence were measured by foot print analysis. A frontal stationary camera and a lateral running camera were used for two-dimensional walking analysis. Single limb and double limb support time was assessed by a Motion view 8.0 video analyzer using captured videos. Data was analyzed using the independent sample t test on SPSS 25. Ethics clearance was obtained from the Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

Results

Non-obese children had a significantly higher mean step length, right stride length, left stride length and cadence than obese children (p<0.05). When each gender was considered separately, non-obese male children had a significantly higher step length and right stride length compared to obese male children. Non-obese female children had a significantly higher cadence than obese female children (p<0.05). No significant differences in single and double limb support time were seen between the two groups (p>0.05).

Conclusion

There is an association between childhood obesity and alterations in gait characteristics such as step length, stride length and cadence.

How to Cite: Withanage, S.M., Maddumage, S.P. and Wickramasinghe, P., 2020. Walking pattern deviation in 10-15 year old obese children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 7(2), pp.E121 1–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jpgim.8272
Published on 24 Dec 2020.
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