Regular leisure-time exercise is a key contributor to health whereas a sedentary lifestyle is cited as one of the main causes of the observed rise in BMI and its related disorders. Despite its well-known benefits, regular leisure-time exercise behavior drops from childhood to adolescence and reaches unacceptable low proportions in adulthood, with the majority of people not engaging in regular exercise at the recommended level. Current intervention programs still largely adopt a 'one-size fits all'strategy that assumes that the determinants of leisure-time exercise behavior are the same across all adolescents, and that they are mostly of social and environmental origin. This ignores the overwhelming recent evidence that genetic factors also play an important role in voluntary exercise behavior. We hypothesize that genetic effects on exercise ability and the acute mood responses to exercise are key determinants of adolescent exercise behavior. To test this hypothesis, we propose a combined survey, laboratory, and intervention study using the unique data collection in the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR). The NTR is the largest genetically informative database in the world with longitudinal assessment of exercise behavior and many of its potential (environmental) moderators at ages 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, and 18.
We aim to quantify and identify the causes of individual differences in voluntary exercise behavior from childhood to young adulthood. To this end we propose to use a longitudinal twin-family study to determine the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors to the changes in exercise behavior over the critical period from age 7 to age 18. We furthermore set up a laboratory protocol in order to test the hypothesis that individual differences in exercise ability and the psychological response to exercise are the major factors underlying heritability of adolescent exercise behavior. The core idea behind the grant is that an increased understanding of the genetic and environmental factors underlying the voluntary choice to exercise will yield better personalized intervention strategies. To provide proof of principle, we will use the information obtained in the work described above to develop a novel family-based E- intervention program to change exercise behavior in young adolescents. Feasibility and short and long-term effects of this program will be tested in a randomized controlled trial.
This application proposes a combined survey, laboratory, and intervention study using the unique data collection in the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) with longitudinal assessment of exercise behavior and many of its potential (environmental) moderators at ages 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, and 18.
It aims to determine the causes of individual differences in voluntary exercise behavior from childhood to young adulthood and use this information to develop a novel family-based E-intervention program to change exercise behavior in young adolescents.
|Schutte, Nienke M; Nederend, Ineke; Hudziak, James J et al. (2016) Differences in Adolescent Physical Fitness: A Multivariate Approach and Meta-analysis. Behav Genet 46:217-27|
|Schutte, Nienke M; Nederend, Ineke; Hudziak, James J et al. (2016) Twin-sibling study and meta-analysis on the heritability of maximal oxygen consumption. Physiol Genomics 48:210-9|
|Huppertz, C; Bartels, M; de Geus, E J C et al. (2016) The effects of parental education on exercise behavior in childhood and youth: a study in Dutch and Finnish twins. Scand J Med Sci Sports :|
|Pitsiladis, Yannis P; Tanaka, Masashi; Eynon, Nir et al. (2016) Athlome Project Consortium: a concerted effort to discover genomic and other ""omic"" markers of athletic performance. Physiol Genomics 48:183-90|
|Treur, Jorien L; Willemsen, Gonneke; Bartels, Meike et al. (2015) Smoking During Adolescence as a Risk Factor for Attention Problems. Biol Psychiatry 78:656-63|
|Treur, Jorien L; Boomsma, Dorret I; Lubke, Gitta H et al. (2014) The predictive value of smoking expectancy and the heritability of its accuracy. Nicotine Tob Res 16:359-68|
|Huppertz, Charlotte; Bartels, Meike; Groen-Blokhuis, Maria M et al. (2014) The dopaminergic reward system and leisure time exercise behavior: a candidate allele study. Biomed Res Int 2014:591717|
|Huppertz, Charlotte; Bartels, Meike; Jansen, Iris E et al. (2014) A twin-sibling study on the relationship between exercise attitudes and exercise behavior. Behav Genet 44:45-55|
|van Beijsterveldt, Catharina E M; Groen-Blokhuis, Maria; Hottenga, Jouke Jan et al. (2013) The Young Netherlands Twin Register (YNTR): longitudinal twin and family studies in over 70,000 children. Twin Res Hum Genet 16:252-67|
|Huppertz, Charlotte; Bartels, Meike; Van Beijsterveldt, Catherina E M et al. (2012) Effect of shared environmental factors on exercise behavior from age 7 to 12 years. Med Sci Sports Exerc 44:2025-32|