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Physical Activity Levels by Occupational Category in Non-Metropolitan Australian Adults

Duncan, MJ; Badland, HM; Mummery, WK; (2010) Physical Activity Levels by Occupational Category in Non-Metropolitan Australian Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health , 7 (6) pp. 718-723. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between occupational category and 3 health-related behaviors: participation in leisure-time physical activity, active transport (AT) and occupational sitting in a sample of employed Australian adults. Methods: A random, cross-sectional sample of 592 adults aged 18 to 71 years completed a telephone survey in October/November 2006. Reported occupations were categorized as professional (n = 332, 56.1%), white-collar (n = 181, 30.6%), and blue-collar (n = 79, 13.3%). Relationships between occupational category and AT, sufficient physical activity and occupational sitting were examined using logistic regression. Results: White-collar employees (OR = 0.36, 95% CI 0.14-0.95) were less likely to engage in AT and more likely to engage in occupational sitting (OR = 3.10, 95% Cl 1.63-5.92) when compared with blue-collar workers. Professionals (OR = 3.04, 95% CI 1.94-4.76) were also more likely to engage in occupational sitting compared with blue-collar workers. No relationship was observed between occupational category and engagement in sufficient physical activity. Conclusions: No association between occupational category and sufficient physical activity levels was observed, although white-collar and professionals were likely to engage in high levels of occupational sitting. Innovative and sustainable strategies are required to reduce occupational sitting to improve health.

Type: Article
Title: Physical Activity Levels by Occupational Category in Non-Metropolitan Australian Adults
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://journals.humankinetics.com/jpah-back-issues...
Language: English
Keywords: occupational category, active transport, barriers, sitting time, LEISURE-TIME, ENERGY-EXPENDITURE, DUTCH WORKERS, RISK, OBESITY, TRANSPORT, ASSOCIATIONS, WALKING, TRAVEL, WOMEN
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/138413
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