Topical Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition, Aging and Chronic Disease
Methods : A cross-sectional study was carried out among 330 in-school male adolescents in Sagamu, southwest Nigeria, selected via multi-stage sampling technique. Data were collected using a semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire, measuring tape, weighing scale as well as a standiometer and analyzed using IBM SPSS 20.0. PA was determined using WHO criteria. Relevant descriptive and inferential statistics were calculated, with p< 0.05. Participation was fully voluntary and strict confidentiality was ensured
Results : Mean age and physical activity time of respondents were 15.9 ± 1.4years and 418.43 ± 133.34 minutes respectively. About 83% were sufficiently active, out of which 82.7% and 78.6% participated in vigorous and moderate activities respectively. PA was associated with the level of study (p=0.012), knowledge (p=< 0.001), meal pattern (p=< 0.001), parental support for PA (p=0.017). Moderate physical activity was associated with the year of study (p=0.004), PA knowledge (p=0.002), meal pattern (p=0.004), parental support (p=0.022), and socioeconomic status (p=0.041). BMI was not associated with PA (p=0.535).
Conclusions : The prevalence of PA was high among respondents and all associated factors were modifiable. The factors associated with PA need to be promoted in order to minimize the occurrence of lifestyle related diseases among adolescents
Funding Sources : self