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Gac Sanit. 2017 Nov - Dec;31(6):485-491. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.10.004. Epub 2017 Jan 3.

Patterns of physical activity and associated factors among teenagers from Barcelona (Spain) in 2012.

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1
Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.
2
Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Spain. Electronic address: aperez@aspb.cat.
3
Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Spain.
4
Behavioural Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
5
Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain; CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Spain; Departament de Psicobiologia i Metodologia de les Ciències de la Salut, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To estimate the prevalence of moderate and vigorous physical activity (MVPA), as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and associated factors among teenagers from Barcelona in 2012.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional survey to assess risk factors in a representative sample of secondary school students (aged 13-16 years, International Standard Classification of Education [ISCED] 2, n=2,162; and 17-18 years, ISCED 3, n=1016) in Barcelona. We estimated MVPA prevalence overall, and for each independent variable and each gender. Poisson regression models with robust variance were fit to examine the factors associated with high-level MVPA, and obtained prevalence ratios (PR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI).

RESULTS:

Only 13% of ISCED 2 and 10% of ISCED 3 students met the WHO physical activity recommendations. This percentage was lower among girls at both academic levels. MVPA was lower among ISCED 3 compared to ISCED 2 students, and among students with a lower socioeconomic status. Physical activity was associated with positive self-perception of the health status (e.g., positive self-perception of health status among ISCED 2 compared to ISCED 3 students: PR=1.31 [95%CI: 1.22-1.41] and 1.61 [95%CI: 1.44-1.81] for boys and girls, respectively].

CONCLUSIONS:

The percentage of teenagers who met WHO MVPA recommendations was low. Strategies are needed to increase MVPA levels, particularly in older girls, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescence; Adolescencia; Cross-sectional studies; Ejercicio; Encuesta de salud; Estudios transversales; Exercise; Gender identity; Health survey; Identidad de género

PMID:
28062128
DOI:
10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.10.004
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