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Eur J Public Health. 2010 Feb;20(1):85-90. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckp100. Epub 2009 Jul 8.

The prevalence of sedentary behaviours and physical activity in Hungarian youth.

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  • 1Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The study of sedentary behaviour is becoming much more visible, alongside research on physical activity. Few published studies, however, originate from Eastern or Central Europe.

METHOD:

Prevalence and point estimate data of key leisure time sedentary and active behaviours are reported from Hungary, a country that has been through an important political transition in the past two decades. Participants (n = 301) aged 13-18 years completed time-use diaries over 4 days for time outside of school. Sedentary and active behaviours were coded and analysed.

RESULTS:

TV viewing reflected trends found elsewhere and was the most prevalent sedentary behaviour. Physical activity levels were low. The next most time-consuming sedentary weekday activities were homework, motorized transport, sitting and talking and playing computer/video games. Gender differences were different to some other countries, with girls reporting more computer game use and boys more sitting and talking, but these may reflect cultural and reporting differences.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides the first comprehensive description of sedentary behavioural prevalence in Hungarian youth.

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