Determinants of physical activity in a cohort of young adult women. Who is at risk of inactive behaviour?

Uijtdewilligen, Léonie, Peeters, Geeske M. E. E., van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z., Twisk, Jos W. R., Singh, Amika S. and Brown, Wendy J. (2015) Determinants of physical activity in a cohort of young adult women. Who is at risk of inactive behaviour?. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18 1: 49-55. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2014.02.005


Author Uijtdewilligen, Léonie
Peeters, Geeske M. E. E.
van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z.
Twisk, Jos W. R.
Singh, Amika S.
Brown, Wendy J.
Title Determinants of physical activity in a cohort of young adult women. Who is at risk of inactive behaviour?
Journal name Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-2440
1878-1861
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.02.005
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 55
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To identify the biological, socio-demographic, work-related and lifestyle determinants of physical activity in young adult women.

Design:
Prospective cohort study.

Methods: Self-reported data from 11,695 participants (aged 22-27 years in 2000) in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health were collected over 9 years in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009. Generalised Estimating Equations were used to examine univariable and multivariable associations of body mass index, country of birth, area of residence, education, marital status, number of children, occupational status, working hours, smoking, alcohol intake, and stress with physical activity status (active, ≥600 MET·min/week; or inactive, <600 MET·min/week, consistent with public health guidelines).

Results: All variables were significantly associated with physical activity in univariable models. In the multivariable model, the lowest odds of being active (compared with the relevant reference categories) were for women who: were born in Asia (OR = 0.53), had less than 12 years of education (OR = 0.79), were married (OR = 0.66) or in a de facto relationship (OR = 0.79), had at least one child (OR ranging from 0.67 to 0.69), and were classified as non (OR = 0.66) or rare drinkers (OR = 0.79).

Conclusions: These results are among the first to confirm the biological, socio-demographic, work-related and lifestyle determinants of physical activity in women in their twenties and early thirties. These findings may be used to inform and improve the development of strategies, and to identify target groups most in need of intervention effort.
Keyword Exercise
Female
Longitudinal studies
Odds ratio
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 12 February 2014.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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