Physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and snacking in youth of northeast England and Harbin, northeast China

Soos, Istvan and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: and Karsai, Istvan and Li, Shuhong and Hamar, Pal (2011) Physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and snacking in youth of northeast England and Harbin, northeast China. Asian Journal of Exercise & Sports Science, 8 (1). pp. 16-28. ISSN 1975-2938

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Recent cross-cultural studies explore the worldwide variability of physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and snacking in different countries and age groups. Health behaviours in young people in different countries are explained by cultural differences as well as by the influence of psychosocial characteristics and socioeconomic status. In the United Kingdom, modern westernised inactive lifestyles and unhealthy diet are both responsible for the prevalence of obesity. China has seen significant economic development in the past few years and this has been hypothesised to have major changes in lifestyles, including decreased physical activity and increased energy intake. Along with higher income, the likelihood of people having a healthy lifestyle has decreased. Therefore, present study aimed to describe young people`s involvement in physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and snacking in the northeast of England and Harbin in the northeast of China. Our results show that the youth from the United Kingdom were more active through sport; however, they also spent more time in front of the TV and computer screen compared with Chinese counterparts. Snacking on sweets appeared to be higher in the United Kingdom, which is associated with screen time. This finding supports the need of further studies to look at how sedentary behaviours are associated with other health behaviours.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 04:30
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 04:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical activity; sedentary behaviours; snacking; youth
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920411 Nutrition

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