Self-reported physical activity in European adolescents: results from the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study

De Cocker, Katrien and Ottevaere, Charlene and Sjostrom, Michael and Moreno, Luis A. and Warnberg, Julia and Valtuena, Jara and Manios, Yannis and Dietrich, Sabine and Mauro, Beatrice and Artero, Enrique G. and Molnar, Denes and Hagstromer, Maria and Ruiz, Jonathan R. and Sarri, Katerina and Kafatos, Anthony and Gottrand, Frederic and De Henauw, Stefaan and Maes, Lea and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse (2011) Self-reported physical activity in European adolescents: results from the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study. Public Health Nutrition, 14 (2). pp. 246-254. ISSN 1368-9800

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe self-reported physical activity (PA) patterns in the various domains (school, home, transport, leisure time) and intensity categories (walking, moderate PA, vigorous PA) in European adolescents. Furthermore, self-reported PA patterns were evaluated in relation to gender, age category, weight status category and socio-economic status (SES).

DESIGN: Cross-sectional study.

SETTING: Ten European cities.

SUBJECTS: In total, 3051 adolescents (47.6 % boys, mean age 14.8 (sd 1.2) years) completed an adolescent-adapted version of the validated International Physical Activity Questionnaire.

RESULTS: The total sample reported most PA during leisure time (485 min/week) and least PA at home (140 min/week). Boys reported significantly more school-based PA (P < 0.001), leisure-time PA (P = 0.003), vigorous PA (P < 0.001) and total PA (P = 0.002) than girls, while girls reported more home-based PA (P < 0.001) and walking (P = 0.002) than boys. Self-reported PA at school (P < 0.001), moderate PA (P < 0.001), vigorous PA (P < 0.001) and total PA (P < 0.001) were significantly higher in younger age groups than in older groups. Groups based on weight status differed significantly only in leisure-time PA (P = 0.004) and total PA (P = 0.003), while groups based on SES differed in all PA domains and intensities except transport-related PA and total PA.

CONCLUSIONS: The total sample of adolescents reported different scores for the different PA domains and intensity categories. Furthermore, patterns were different according the adolescents' gender, age, weight status and SES.


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Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 05:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 06:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: questionnaire, adolescence, gender, age, BMI, socio-economic status, family affluence
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/s1368980010000558
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37040

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