Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 482

Full Length Research Paper

Physical activity levels among Fayoum governorate population (Egypt): Community-based survey

Naglaa A. El-Sherbiny
  • Naglaa A. El-Sherbiny
  • Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University, Gamma St., Keman Square – Fayoum –Egypt.
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Asmaa Younis Elsary
  • Asmaa Younis Elsary
  • Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University, Gamma St., Keman Square – Fayoum –Egypt.
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  •  Received: 12 October 2017
  •  Accepted: 29 January 2018
  •  Published: 31 March 2018

Abstract

Physical inactivity is one of the most important public health problems in the 21st century. It plays an active role in the prevention of both non-communicable diseases and premature death. A community-based survey was conducted to assess the level of physical activity among household population and to identify associated demographic factors of physical inactivity. A sample of 5000 households was selected by a multi-stage stratified cluster random sample. A standardized world health organization (WHO) structured questionnaire global physical activity questionnaire (GPAQ) was used in data collection. About 25.2% of the study population practiced a physical activity less than WHO recommended level for their ages. The study has shown statistically-significant insufficient physical activity level among females (31.3%), adolescent (42.6%), the old (57.1%), housewives (38.8%), and the low-income (32.5%), with a P-value of <0.001. The study concluded that Fayoum community practice physical activity less than recommended level by the WHO especially among females, adolescents, elderly, and the low-income households' population. Further studies should be recommended.

Key words: Physical inactivity, recreational activity, global physical activity questionnaire (GPAQ).