Physical Activity, Sensory Threshold of Sweetness, and Waist-to-Height Ratio (WHtR) in Adolescents
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Postgraduate Nutrition Science Program, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, INDONESIA
Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, INDONESIA
Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, INDONESIA
Online publication date: 2020-04-05
Publication date: 2020-04-05
Electron J Gen Med 2020;17(5):em223
The research objective is to reveal the correlation between physical activity and sensory threshold sweetness with a waist to height ratio in adolescents (WHtR).

This research was observational analytic using a cross-sectional approach. The study was conducted at State High Schools in the Districts of Jebres, Banjarsari, and Serengan in Surakarta City, which involved 140 adolescents aged 15-17 years. The physical activity data were obtained from interviews with the subjects using the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents (PAQ-A) questionnaire, and the sensory threshold of sweetness data was obtained from the identification of the subject in a sucrose solution with different concentrations. The data of the waist to height ratio were obtained by dividing the measurement value of waist circumference by a height value.

The study showed that there was a significant link between the physical activity with a waist to height ratio (r = -0.602; p <0.001), and the sensory threshold sweetness with a waist to height ratio (r = 0.393; p <0.001).

From the results of this research, it can be concluded that there is a significant relationship between physical activity and sensory threshold of sweetness with a waist to height ratio (WHtR). Adolescents with abnormal waist to height ratio (WHtR) measurements (≥ 0.50) can carry out physical activity in sufficient quantities, and regulate food habits according to the needs of physical growth and development, especially limiting sugar consumption.

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