Association between physical activity and leisure-time sedentary behavior among 140,808 adolescents aged 12 to 15 from 47 low- and middle-income countries

Vancampfort, Davy and Firth, Joseph and Smith, Lee and Stubbs, Brendon and Rosenbaum, Simon and Hallgren, Mats and Van Damme, Tine and Koyanagi, Ai (2021) Association between physical activity and leisure-time sedentary behavior among 140,808 adolescents aged 12 to 15 from 47 low- and middle-income countries. Public Health, 199. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0033-3506

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.08.001

Abstract

Objectives- Data from high-income countries (HICs) indicate that sedentary behavior is negatively associated with moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in young people. We examined associations between leisure-time sedentary behavior (LTSB) and MVPA in adolescents from 47 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Study design- Cross-sectional study. Methods- Data from the Global school-based Student Health Survey were analyzed in 140,808 adolescents (13.8 ± 1.0 years; 49% girls). Time spent in LTSB was a composite variable assessing time spent sitting and playing computer games, watching TV, talking with friends during a typical day. The PACE + Adolescent Physical Activity Measure assessed MVPA levels. The association between ≥3 h/day of LTSB and adequate physical activity levels (every day last week 60 min MVPA) was explored with multivariable logistic regression analyses. Results- The prevalence of ≥3 h/day of LTSB and 60 min of MVPA/day last week were 26.3% (girls 26.2%; boys 26.5%) and 15.3% (girls 12.1%; boys 18.4%), respectively. LTSB of ≥3 h/day versus <3 h/day was associated with a 35% increased odds for adequate levels of MVPA in boys [OR = 1.35 (95%CI = 1.23–1.48)] and 22% in girls [1.22 (95%CI = 1.10–1.36)]. Conclusions- Our data indicate that being physically active 60 min per day every day and at moderate-to-vigorous intensity and being sedentary ≥3 h/day during leisure-time might co-exist in adolescents in some LMICs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: physical activity, sedentary behaviour, Adolescents, LMICs
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 08:42
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 17:22
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706770

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