Physical inactivity, sedentary and suicidal behaviours of adolescents in Bangladesh
ISPAH ePoster Library. Khan A. Oct 15, 2018; 225056; 134
Assoc. Prof. Asad Khan
Assoc. Prof. Asad Khan
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Insufficient physical activity (iPA) and sedentary behaviours (SB) may have deleterious effects on adolescents’ mental health. This study aimed to examine the relationship between iPA and SB, as well as their interactions, with suicidal behaviours of Bangladeshi adolescents. Methods:<\b>
Data were from the 2014 Bangladesh Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS), a population-based survey of students aged 13-17 years in Bangladesh. Students reported on suicidal and PA behaviours along with socio-demographic characteristics. Results:<\b>
Of the participating students (n=2,989; 35% female), 52% did not meet the recommended PA level (60 min/day), while 15% spent ≥3 hrs/day in SB. The weighted prevalence of suicidal behaviour was 4.9%, 7.4% and 6.3% respectively for suicidal ideation, suicidal plan, and suicidal attempt. Logistic regression analysis found that iPA and SB were independently associated with suicide attempts, after adjusting for age, sex, and weight status (OR=2.01; 95%CI 1.36-2.96; and OR=2.14; 95%CI 1.40-3.26, respectively). Further adjusted analyses showed that compared to active+non-sedentary students, students who were inactive+non-sedentary had nearly double the odds of attempting suicide (OR=1.80; 95%CI 1.15-2.82), while the odds were four times higher for students who were inactive+sedentary (OR=4.58; 95%CI 2.64-7.97). The odds were significantly higher among students who were inactive+sedentary compared to those who were inactive+non-sedentary or active+sedentary, although no significant difference was found between the two latter groups. Conclusions: Students who are not sufficiently active and/or sedentary are at an increased risk of attempting suicides. Promoting PA and reducing SB can potentially minimise the burden of suicides in adolescents in Bangladesh.
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