Cardiopulmonary fitness but not muscular fitness associated with visceral adipose tissue mass

Ki Yong An, Sue Kim, Minsuk Oh, Hye Sun Lee, Hyuk In Yang, Hyuna Park, Ji Won Lee, Justin Y. Jeon

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the association between physical fitness (cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal) and the distribution of abdominal fat in overweight and obese adults. Methods: Of the total 102 overweight and obese participants, 99 participants completed all measurements. Cardiopulmonary fitness was assessed by maximal oxygen consumption test and muscular fitness was assessed using 10 repetition max. Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) were assessed by computed tomography (CT) at the level of lumbar spine 4–5. Results: Cardiopulmonary fitness was inversely associated with both VAT and SAT, while muscular fitness only inversely associated with SAT. Multiple linear regression analyses indicated that gender, age, and cardiopulmonary fitness, but not muscular fitness, were associated with VAT, and age, cardiopulmonary fitness, and muscular fitness were significantly associated with SAT. Conclusions: Cardiopulmonary fitness is more closely related to both VAT and SAT while muscular fitness is related with SAT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Bio and Medical Technology Development Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (NRF-2018R1D1A1B07049223). This work was supported by the Technology Innovation Program (20002781, A Platform for Prediction and Management of Health Risk Based on Personal Big Data and Lifelogging) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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