Accelerometry and Energy Expenditure in Obese Adults and Normal Weight Controls

Meyer, K.; Pereiro, N.; Encinas, R.; Bieber, G.; Laederach, K.; Limacher, Andreas (2013). Accelerometry and Energy Expenditure in Obese Adults and Normal Weight Controls. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Sportmedizin, 64(5), pp. 120-125. Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag. 10.5960/dzsm.2012.070

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Objective: To evaluate a new triaxial accelerometer device for prediction of energy expenditure, measured as VO2/kg, in obese adults and normal-weight controls during activities of daily life. Subjects and methods: Thirty-seven obese adults (Body Mass Index (BMI) 37±5.4) and seventeen controls (BMI 23±1.8) performed eight activities for 5 to 8 minutes while wearing a triaxial accelerometer on the right thigh. Simultaneously, VO2 and VCO2 were measured using a portable metabolic system. The relationship between accelerometer counts (AC) and VO2/kg was analysed using spline regression and linear mixed-effects models. Results: For all activities, VO2/kg was significantly lower in obese participants than in normalweight controls. A linear relationship between AC and VO2/kg existed only within accelerometer values from 0 to 300 counts/min, with an increase of 3.7 (95%-confidence
interval (CI) 3.4 - 4.1) and 3.9 ml/min (95%-CI 3.4 - 4.3) per increase of 100
counts/min in obese and normal-weight adults, respectively. Linear modelling of the whole range yields wide prediction intervals for VO2/kg of ± 6.3 and ±7.3 ml/min in both groups. Conclusion: In obese and normal-weight adults, the use of AC for predicting energy expenditure, defined as VO2/kg, from a broad range of physical activities, characterized by varying intensities and types of muscle work, is limited.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > CTU Bern
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition

UniBE Contributor:

Meyer, Katharina, Laederach, Kurt, Limacher, Andreas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag.




Beatrice Minder Wyssmann

Date Deposited:

22 Apr 2014 18:04

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:29

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Accelerometer, physical activity, energy expenditure, obesity




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