Table 1

Physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviours by occupation and gender in rural Suixi, Guangdong, Chinaa

Farmingb

Non-farming Employed

Self-employed (Shop keeping)

Unemployed

p


Men

n = 46

n = 34

n = 35

n = 37

Occupational PA

9.98

2.13

1.50

NA

<0.001

Household PA

4.87**

3.22*

3.85*

3.50**

0.772

Leisure-time PA

0.35

0.93

0.68

1.27

0.141

Sedentary Behaviours

Recreational computer use

0.01

0.93

0.86

1.56

<0.001

Playing majiang

0.86

0.72

0.67

1.46

0.260

Watching TV

13.57

8.76

14.20

9.49

0.045

Driving/riding in a car

1.15

1.80*

1.77*

1.41

0.349

Sitting chatting

4.03

2.19

1.59

2.90

0.130


Women

n = 45

n = 19

n = 32

n = 39

Occupational PA

9.65

1.48

1.72

NA

<0.001

Household PA

13.08**

11.55*

11.06*

11.30**

0.478

Leisure-time PA

0.23

0.72

0.25

0.32

0.116

Sedentary Behaviours

Recreational computer use

0.00

0.38

0.40

1.02

<0.001

Playing majiang

0.51

0.55

0.49

0.42

0.659

Watching TV

13.80

7.39

12.68

7.50

0.047

Driving/riding in a car

0.66

0.49*

0.55*

0.32

0.536

Sitting chatting

3.75

1.25

2.03

1.66

0.014


a Age-adjusted geometric mean based on ANCOVA (unit: hour/week)

b Activity data for farmers were weighted on length of farming/non-farming seasons

**p < 0.01, *p < 0.05 for comparison between men and women

Ding et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 8:37   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-37

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