Vol 6 No 2 (2020)
Articles

Effects of Health-Related Knowledge and Aerobic Exercise on Lower Secondary School Students' Obesity Awareness and Physical Activity Levels

Gizem Akgül Ertan
Şehit Kemal Görgülü Lower-Secondary School, Van, Turkey.
Funda Coşkun Özyol
Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, The School of Physical Education and Sports, Van, Turkey.
Published May 21, 2020
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Keywords
  • Secondary school student, Health-related knowledge, Obesity awareness, Physical activity, Aerobic exercise, Pedometer.
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Ertan, G. A., & Özyol, F. C. (2020). Effects of Health-Related Knowledge and Aerobic Exercise on Lower Secondary School Students’ Obesity Awareness and Physical Activity Levels. Asian Journal of Education and Training, 6(2), 297-303. https://doi.org/10.20448/journal.522.2020.62.297.303

Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the effects of health-related knowledge and aerobic exercise on lower secondary school students' obesity awareness and physical activity levels. A total of 50 obese and 20 normal-weight female students, ranging in age from 12-14 (mean 12.10±1.7), participated in the study. Obesity awareness was determined using the Obesity Awareness Scale, which also incorporates awareness of nutrition and physical activity. Physical activity levels were determined using a pedometer. The participants were divided into one obese experimental group and 2 control groups, obese and normal weight. The obese experimental group received instruction in health and nutrition and followed an aerobic exercise program, while the control groups received no such instruction and did not participate in an exercise program. The health education program was conducted once a week, while the aerobic exercise program was performed three times a week, with each session lasting 45-60 minutes. At the conclusion of the study, the obesity awareness, nutrition awareness, and physical activity awareness scores of the students in the obese experimental group increased significantly compared to those of the obese control and normal control groups. Similarly, the physical activity levels of the students in the obese control group increased with respect to those of the obese and normal-weight control groups. These findings suggest that health-related knowledge and aerobic exercise were effective in increasing obesity awareness and the physical activity levels of lower secondary school students.

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