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Revista médica de Chile

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Abstract

GARRIDO-MENDEZ, Álex et al. Association of physical inactivity with low levels of education. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.3, pp.295-303. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872020000300295.

Background:

A higher educational level is associated with healthier lifestyles.

Aim:

To assess the association between the level of compliance with physical activity recommendations and years of formal education in Chilean adults.

Material and Methods:

Analysis include 6,174 participants from the National Health Survey 2016-2017. Physical activity levels were assessed through the Global Physical Questionnaire (GPAQ v2). Physical inactivity was defined as < 600 MET/minute/week.

Results:

Among subjects without education, 44% and 27% of women and men respectively, were physically inactive. Among women and men with the highest number of years of education (> 16) the figures for physical inactivity were 27% and 15% respectively. The odds for not meeting the physical activity recommendations was 2.3 [95% confidence intervals (CI): 1.57; 3.38] and 3.9 [95% CI: 2.27; 6.95] in women and men without any formal education respectively, as compared with those who reported 12 years of education. Women and men who reported a high level of education ≥ (16 years) did not show significant differences compared to the reference group.

Conclusions:

People with low levels of education are were likely to be physically inactive.

Keywords : Education; Physical Activity; Sex.

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