Physical inactivity burdens society by increasing the costs of medical care and loss of productivity, and appears among the four major risk factors for chronic diseases.
To identify the factors associated with physical inactivity, as assessed by metabolic equivalent rate (MET), among teachers of a public university.
Cross-sectional study with probabilistic sample including 163 workers. In addition to physical inactivity (<450 MET.min/week), we evaluated age, sex, marital status, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, health and stress perception, diabetes, hypertension, low back pain, depression, heart disease and consumption of fruits/vegetables/legumes, unhealthy fat, soft drinks and salt. Prevalence ratios and confidence intervals (95%) were estimated by Poisson regression.
The physically inactive participants had a lower intake of fruits/vegetables/legumes, higher alcohol consumption and worse perception of health.
We suggest that physical inactivity is associated with a higher profile of health risk and that the simultaneous occurrence of these factors should be considered in the planning of health programs for groups of workers and general population.
motor activity; exercise; risk factors; workers