English title: Prevalence of physical activity in European adults - Compliance with the World Health Organization's physical activity guidelines

Author(s): Adilson Marques - Hugo Sarmento - João Martins - Luís Saboga Nunes -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015


Background: Adults are recommended to engage in at least 150 min/week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA). Purpose: This study aimed to examine the level of compliance with PA recommendations among European adults. Methods: Using data from European Social Survey round 6, PA self-report data was collected from 52,936 European adults from 29 countries in 2012. Meeting PA guidelines was assessed using World Health Organization criteria. Results: 61.47% (60.77% male, 62.05% female) of European adults reported to be engaged in moderate to vigorous PA at least 30 min on 5 or more days per week. The likelihood of achieving the PA recommended levels was higher among respondents older than 18–24. For those aged 45–64 years the likelihood increased 65% (OR = 1.65, 95% CI: 1.51–1.82, p < 0.001) and 112% (OR = 2.12, 95% CI: 1.94–2.32, p < 0.001) for males and females, respectively. Those who were high school graduates were more likely to report achieving the recommended PA levels than those with less than high school education (males: OR = 1.19, 95% CI: 1.12–1.27, p < 0.001; females: OR = 1.13, 95% CI: 1.06–1.20, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Although about 60% of European adults reported achieving the recommended levels of PA, there is much room for improvement among European adults, particularly among relatively inactive subgroups.

Volume: 81

Issue: 0

From page no: 333

To page no: 338

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.YPMED.2015.09.018

Journal: Preventive Medicine

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