Revista de Saúde Pública
versão On-line ISSN 1518-8787
AZEVEDO, Mario Renato; ARAUJO, Cora Luiza; SILVA, Marcelo Cozzensa da e HALLAL, Pedro Curi. Tracking of physical activity from adolescence to adulthood: a population-based study. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.1, pp.69-75. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102007000100010.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between regular physical activity in adolescence and leisure-time physical activity in adulthood, with emphasis on gender differences. METHODS: A population-based cross-sectional study was carried out in Pelotas, Southern Brazil, in 2003. A representative sample of households was selected in multiple stages and subjects aged 20-59 years were interviewed. Leisure-time physical activity was evaluated using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Data on adolescent physical activity were based on subjects' recall. RESULTS: Of 2,577 subjects interviewed, 27.5% were classified as adequately active, and 54.9% reported regular physical activity in adolescence. Subjects who engaged in regular physical activity during adolescence were more likely to be adequately active in adulthood (adjusted prevalence ratio 1.42; 95% CI: 1.23; 1.65). This effect was stronger in women (adjusted prevalence ratio: 1.51; 95% CI: 1.22; 1.86) than men (adjusted prevalence ratio: 1.35; 95% CI: 1.10; 1.67). CONCLUSIONS: Promoting physical activity in school age may be a successful intervention against the epidemic of adult inactivity. Although women were less likely to report regular physical activity in adolescence, the effect of this experience on adult behavior was stronger than in men.
Palavras-chave : Motor activity; Life style; Cross-sectional studies; Sedentary lifestyle; Physical inactivity; Tracking of physical activity.