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Fat balance and ageing: results from the Québec Family Study

  • Angelo Tremblay (a1), Vicky Drapeau (a1), Eric Doucet (a1), Natalie Alméras (a1), Jean-Pierre Després (a1) and Claude Bouchard (a1)...

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate changes in participation in physical activity and in fat and alcohol intake associated with ageing. This issue was examined in adults (n 207) who were tested between 1978 and 1982 and re-tested 12 years later. These adults were 42.3 (sd 4.9) years of age at baseline. Their children (n 122) were tested over the same follow-up period. They were, on average, 12.5 (sd 1.9) years at entry into the study. A decrease in the proportion of daily energy intake as fat and an increase in participation in vigorous physical activities were observed over the 12-year period in both groups. The proportion of dietary energy as alcohol remained stable in adults whereas it increased markedly in children. Correlation analyses between baseline and follow-up levels were significant for dietary fat and alcohol intake in adults. In children, the levels of these variables in the growing years did not predict the levels attained 12 years later. Even though the adults displayed changes in fat balance generally following current public health recommendations, a substantial increase in skinfold thicknesses was observed in these subjects during follow-up. This observation suggests that there is a strong effect of age-related factors on fat balance.

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*Corresponding author: Dr Angelo Tremblay, fax +1 418 656 3020, email ATREMB@FSE.ULAVAL.CA

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