Obese Adolescents’ Physical Activity and its Related Motivational Variables

By YoungHo Kim and HakKwon Lee.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The purpose of the study was to identify differences in physical activity and its related motivational attributes in normal-weight, overweight, and obese adolescents. A total of 1,071 students were randomly selected from 3 junior high schools in Seoul (359 normal-weight students, 468 overweight students, and 244 obese students). A Korean version of Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2 and Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire was applied to measure the participants’ motivational attributes and physical activity. Results indicated that overweight and obese adolescents showed higher scores on amotivation and externally motivated regulations for physical activity than their normal-weight counterparts. Internal regulation was more significant for physical activity in normal-weight adolescent. This study offers fundamental knowledge in gaining a clearer understanding of the types of motivation most likely to contribute to the initiation and promotion of physical activity in overweight and obese adolescents.

Keywords: Obesity, Physical Activity, Motivation, Adolescent

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.47-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.574KB).

Asso. Prof. YoungHo Kim

Associate professor, Dept. of Sport Science, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, South Korea

My research interests are physical activity and its related psychological and social variables based on psychological theories. Specially, current studies are focusing on adolescent physical activity and weight control and physical activity.

Dr. HakKwon Lee

Director, DEPT. OF SPORTS SCIENCES, SungKyunKwan University, seoul, Seoul, South Korea