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Estimated and forecasted trends in domain specific time-use and energy expenditure among adults in Russia

Tracy Dearth-Wesley, Barry M Popkin and Shu Wen Ng*

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Department of Nutrition and Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014, 11:11  doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-11

Published: 30 January 2014



Examination of historical trends and projections in estimated energy expenditure in Russia is important given the country’s economic downturns and growth.


Nationally representative data from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) from 1995–2011 was used to determine the metabolic equivalents of task (MET)-hours per week from occupational, domestic, travel, and active leisure physical activity (PA) domains, as well as sedentary leisure time (hours per week) among adults 18–60 years. Additionally, we projected what these values would be like in 2020 and 2030 if observed trends continue.


Among male adults, the largest contributor to total PA was occupational PA followed by travel PA. In contrast, domestic PA followed by occupational PA contributed most to total PA among female adults. Total PA was 282.9 MET-hours per week in 1995 and declined to 231.7 in 2011. Total PA is projected to decrease to 216.5 MET-hours per week in 2020 and to 193.0 MET-hours per week in 2030. The greatest relative declines are occurring in travel PA. Female adults are also exhibiting significant declines in domestic PA. Changes in occupational and active leisure PA are less distinct.


Policies and initiatives are needed to counteract the long-term decline of overall physical activity linked with a modernizing lifestyle and economy among Russian adults.

Physical activity; Time-use; Sedentary; Active transport; Movement; Russia