Physical activity patterns in adolescents - BE ACTIV INDIA! Study
ISPAH ePoster Library. Rajendra P. Oct 15, 2018; 225430
Pradeepa Rajendra
Pradeepa Rajendra
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Abstract Purpose:<\b>
Studies in western populations have reported that physical activity (PA) declines during one’s lifespan, particularly in adolescence. However, currently there is no data available in Indian adolescents. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess the PA patterns among Asian Indian adolescents. Methods:<\b>
The Built Environment and physical ACTIVity (BE ACTIV) INDIA! Study was a cross sectional door-to-door survey conducted on adolescents aged 12–17 years in Chennai, India. In all adolescents, PA was objectively measured as minutes of moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) using the hip-mounted triaxial accelerometer (3 weekdays and 1 weekend and at least 8 hours of wear time) and subjectively measured by a validated youth version of the Neighborhood Environment and Walkability Scale (NEWS-Youth) questionnaire. Results:<\b>
Of the 324 adolescents (boys:51.2%) who participated in the study, overall MVPA was reported as 26.3 mins/day. Not surprisingly, when split by gender, a significantly higher MVPA (33.9 mins/day) was reported among boys compared to girls (18.3 mins/day)[p<0.001]. Overall, 4.6% of the participants reported MVPA and all were boys (9.0%). The overall sedentary time reported was 534.9±87.3 mins (Boys 503.4±86.4 mins vs. Girls 568.0±75.3 mins, p<0.001). 51.9%(Boys 47.6% vs. girls 56.3%) reported sedentary behavior (time spent in viewing TV, using computer, playing video games).CONCLUSIONS:Our data suggest that compared to western populations, Indian adolescents spend significantly less time in MVPA and more time in sedentary activities. Therefore, a multipronged approach including awareness, education and intervention programmes at a national level targeting youth is the need of the hour!
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