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Revista Paulista de Pediatria

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RIOS, Luzana Cirqueira; ROCHA, Saulo Vasconcelos; ALMEIDA, Maura Maria G. de  and  ARAUJO, Tânia Maria. Physical inactivity in the leisure-time in young people from Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil. Rev. paul. pediatr. [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.2, pp.223-228. ISSN 0103-0582.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of physical inactivity during leisure-time among adolescents and young adults. METHODS: A cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted among 1,400 young people aged 15-29 years living in the urban area of Feira de Santana, Northeast, Brazil. Physical activities and entertainment were assessed using a structured questionnaire, which addressed the frequency, type, reason, and effort involved. RESULTS: Among interviewed individuals 63.3% (n=795) were considered physically inactive concerning leisure activities. Prevalence was higher among women (p<0.001) and among those 10 to 24 years old (p<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: The young population of Feira de Santana city, Brazil, presented an elevated rate of physical inactivity during leisure. Public policies directed to health promotion among adolescents and young adults should include specific programs to encourage women and 18-24 years old individuals to engage in physical activities.

Keywords : motor activity; sedentary lifestyle; adolescent; young adult.

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