Table 2

Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) and weekly TV viewing time by demographic, individual, environmental and social variables in rural Suixi, Guangdong, China

Any LTPA (n = 99)

No LTPA (n = 188)

pa

TV < 12 hr/week (n = 148)

TV > = 12 hr/week (n = 139)

pa


Demographic attributes

Age (year, mean ± SD)

31.7 ± 14.2

44.1 ± 15.6

<0.001

39.6 ± 15.8

40.4 ± 15.8

0.691

Women (%)

36.4

52.7

0.006

54.1

51.8

0.724

Married (%)

49.5

85.1

<0.001

72.3

73.4

0.895

Middle school graduate (%)

85.9

53.2

<0.001

67.6

61.2

0.269

Occupation (%)

<0.001

0.230

Farming

17.3

44.5

33.8

36.2

Non-farming

30.6

11.5

20.4

15.9

Self-employed (shop keeping)

22.4

25.8

20.4

29.0

Unemployed

29.6

18.1

25.4

18.8

Household size (mean ± SD)

5.0 ± 1.8

6.0 ± 2.8

<0.001

5.9 ± 2.5

5.5 ± 2.6

0.840

Individual behaviour

Current smoking (%)

30.9

33.5

0.690

32.2

33.1

0.790

Current drinking (%)

35.4

30.3

0.425

35.1

28.8

0.235

Weekly TV time (hour, mean ± SD)

13.0 ± 8.1

12.4 ± 7.6

0.495

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Environmental variables

Having sports equipment in the home (%)

68.4

40.3

<0.001

46.4

54.0

0.209

Neighbourhood crime-related safetyb (mean ± SD)

4.5 ± 1.1

4.1 ± 1.2

0.017

4.3 ± 1.2

4.2 ± 1.1

0.743

Neighbourhood aestheticc (mean ± SD)

1.8 ± 1.0

1.8 ± 1.0

0.554

1.7 ± 1.0

1.9 ± 1.0

0.070

Social modelling

Family exercise regularly (%)

86.9

26.6

<0.001

45.9

48.9

0.614

Friends exercise regularly (%)

69.7

26.6

<0.001

38.5

44.6

0.295

Neighbours exercise regularly (%)

67.7

26.1

<0.001

40.5

40.3

0.965


a Based on t-test for continuous variables and χ2testsfor categorical variables

b Neighbourhood crime-related safety score ranges 0 to 6; a higher score indicates better safety

c Neighbourhood aesthetic score ranges 0 to 3; a higher score indicates better aesthetic/maintenance conditions

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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