ASSESSMENT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG COLLEGE GOING STUDENTS IN PUNE CITY USING GLOBAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY QUESTIONNAIRE (GPAQ)

Siddhika Kore, Suroshree Mitra, Rachana Dabadghav

Abstract


Background: The prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents is increasing at an alarming rate. Lifestyle characterized by lack of physical activity might cause obesity in children. Childhood obesity is a proven risk factor for adult obesity. Therefore, we wanted to find out physical activity levels in this population. Objective: This cross sectional study intends to find out levels of physical activity and also to find out gender specific differences among college going students in Pune. Methods: Study was carried out among 500 adolescents between the age group 17-21 years. Global physical activity questionnaire was administered to assess the physical activity levels. Results: The overall physical activity among the age group 17-21years with the mean age group19 was 2022.82 METS. It was also found out that males were more physically active as compared to females with P value 0.01 in the age group 21 years. Conclusion: The results show that Participants among the age group 17-21 years are physically active and males are more physically active as compared to females.


Keywords


Physical activity;childhood obesity; Adolescents; Students

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