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School bag weight as a barrier to active transport to school among New Zealand adolescents

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dc.contributor.author Mandic, Sandra
dc.contributor.author Keller, Roman
dc.contributor.author Bengoechea, Enrique García
dc.contributor.author Moore, Antoni
dc.contributor.author Coppell, Kirsten J.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-03T10:54:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-03T10:54:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7191
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Excessive school bag weight is a barrier to active transport to school (ATS). This study examined parents’ and adolescents’ perceptions of school bag weights and actual school bag weights for adolescents in New Zealand. Methods: Parents (n = 331; 76.7% women) completed a survey. Adolescents (n = 682; age 15.1 1.4 years; 57.3% boys) completed a survey, underwent anthropometry, and had their school bags weighed. Results: Overall, 68.3% of parents perceived that adolescents’ school bags were too heavy to carry to school. This parental perception differed by adolescents’ mode of transport to school (active/motorized/combined: 35.1%/78.4%/68.8%, p < 0.001). Adolescents perceived that their school bags were too heavy to carry to walk (57.8%) or cycle (65.8%) to school. Adolescent perceptions differed by mode of transport to school (for walking (active/motorized/combined): 30.9%/69.2%/55.9% agree, p < 0.001; for cycling: 47.9%/72.8%/67.7%; p < 0.001). Actual school bag weight was, on average, 5.6 2.1 kg. Relative school bag weight (% of body weight) was higher for boys and underweight adolescents compared to their counterparts. Neither absolute nor relative school bag weight differed by mode of transport to school. Conclusions: School bag weight was perceived a barrier to ATS and was a greater perceived barrier among users of motorized versus active transport. Perceptions of school bag weights should be considered in future ATS interventions. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Children;2018, 5, 129
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/children5100129
dc.subject active transport en_US
dc.subject school en_US
dc.subject school bag en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject parents en_US
dc.title School bag weight as a barrier to active transport to school among New Zealand adolescents en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/children5100129
dc.contributor.sponsor Health Research Council of New Zealand en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor National Heart Foundation of New Zealand en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Lottery Health Research en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor University of Otago en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor Dunedin City Council en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago en_US
dc.relation.projectid 14/565 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 1602 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 1615 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 341129 en_US
dc.relation.projectid UORG 2014 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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