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Factors associated with participation in physical activity among adolescents in Malaysia

Cheah, Yong Kang and Lim, Hock Kuang and Kee, Chee Cheong and Mohd Ghazali, Sumarni (2015) Factors associated with participation in physical activity among adolescents in Malaysia. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. ISSN 0334-0139

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Background: The rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has become a serious public health issue. Among the multi-factorial drivers behind NCDs are modifiable health risk factors, most notably, physical inactivity. Objective: In response to the nearly global policy priority of encouraging regular participation in physical activity, the objective of the present study is to examine the factors that determine participation in physical activity among Malaysian adolescents.Methods: Nationally representative data consisting of a large sample size was used. A censored regression model was developed to estimate the likelihood of participation and time spent on physical activity.Results: There are significant relationships between physical activity and gender, ethnicity, self-rated academic performance, maternal education, household size and time spent on physical education.Conclusion: The present study provides new insights into the factors affecting physical activity participation among adolescents. Specifically, self-rated excellent academic performance, household size and physical education can increase the likelihood of being physically active. Evidence of the present study implies that policy makers should pay special attention to females, Chinese, adolescents with self-rated poor academic performance and adolescents who have low maternal education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent; determinant; health; physical activity; student
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Dr. Yong Kang Cheah
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 04:35
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 08:46

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