Factors associated with physical inactivity in transportation in Brazilian adults living in a low socioeconomic area

There is a negative relationship between physical inactivity in transportation and many health outcomes. However, relating to the correlates of this condition among people living in regions of low socioeconomic level, little is known. A cross-sectional study was carried out aimed to assess factors associated with physical inactivity in transportation among adults in the Eastern Zone of São Paulo, Brazil. Between May 2007 and January 2008, home-based interviews were conducted on a probabilistic sample of the adult population (=18 years), totaling 368 men and 522 women. Using multivariate Poisson regression with hierarchical selection of variables, factors associated with physical inactivity in transportation (less than 10 minutes per week of walking or cycling) were assessed. The results show that physical inactivity in transportation was associated with the presence of vehicles in the household in men (PR = 2.96) and women (PR = 2.42), with linear trend for both sexes (P < .001 and P = .004, respectively), even after adjusting for age, schooling level and chronic diseases (this last factor, only among women). A positive association with physical inactivity in transportation and the presence of vehicles in the household exists, both for men and for women. In drawing up public policies for promoting physical activity, this should be taken into consideration.

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  • Accession Number: 01493720
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2013 1:53PM