Table 2

Association of physical activity and sedentary lifestyle with overweight and obesity among Pakistani primary school children

Total Sample (n = 1860)

Normal (n = 1545)

Overweight (n = 176)

Obese (n = 140)


Characteristics

n (%)

n (%)

n (%)

n (%)

χ2

P value


Physical activitya

19.52

0.001

≤ 2 times/week

872 (46.9)

696 (79.8)

89 (10.2)

87 (10.0)

> 2 times - 4 times/week

365 (19.6)

323 (88.5)

29 (7.9)

13 (3.6)

> 4 times - 7 times/week

623 (33.5)

525 (84.3)

58 (9.3)

40 (6.4)

Sedentary lifestyleb

15.83

0.003

≤ 1 hour/day

951 (51.1)

820 (86.2)

76 (8.0)

55 (5.8)

> 1 hour - 3 hours/day

730 (39.2)

585 (80.1)

80 (11.0)

65 (8.9)

> 3 hours - 6 hours/day

179 (9.6)

139 (77.7)

20 (11.2)

20 (11.2)


aPhysical activity included running or jogging, cycling, housework or yard work, and sports involving physical movement (see details in methods)

bSedentary lifestyle included television viewing, working on computer and playing video games

Mushtaq et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 8:130   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-130

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