Assessment of physical inactivity and perceived barriers to physical activity among health college students, south-western Saudi Arabia.

Awadallah, NJ and Abolyazid, AE and Hassanein, M and Khalil, S and Aftab, R and Gaballah, I and Mahfouz, AA (2014) Assessment of physical inactivity and perceived barriers to physical activity among health college students, south-western Saudi Arabia. East Mediterr Health J., 20 (10). pp. 596-604. ISSN 1020-3397

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Abstract|ملخص البحث

Physical inactivity is a public health problem in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study was carried out to evaluate the pattern of physical activity, predictors of physical inactivity and perceived barriers to physical activity among health college students in King Khalid University. A total of 1257 students (426 males and 831 females) were recruited. The Arabic short form of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire was used. Overall, 58.0% of the students were physically inactive. Only 13.4% of the students performed vigorous physical activity, 14.8% moderate-intensity physical activity and 29.9% walking activities which met World Health Organization criteria of health-enhancing physical activities. The prevalence of inactive leisure time was 47.5%. The independent predictors of physical inactivity were non-membership of sports clubs and being a medical student. The top reported barrier to physical activity among inactive students was time limitations (51.3%). Overcoming perceived barriers may increase physical activity among students.

Item Type|تصنيف النتاج العلمي: Article| منشور علمي
Subjects | مجال موضوع النشر: Medicine and Surgery
Divisions | الكلية: College of Medicine > Family and Community Medicine
Depositing User: Prof Ahmed Mahfouz
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2019 08:14
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2019 08:14
URI: http://eprints.kku.edu.sa/id/eprint/3942

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