Prevalence of Physical Activity Among Lebanese Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

This survey aims to assess the prevalence of physical activity among adult Lebanese, and to report the relationship between sociodemographic variables and physical activity behavior, highlighting the correlates discouraging people to carry out physical activity.

Methods:

A cross-sectional study using an anonymous self-reported questionnaire was conducted on 346 adults from four Lebanese districts. Demographic characteristics, physical activity, smoking status, alcohol consumption, and medical history were obtained.

Results:

Prevalence of physical activity among Lebanese adults was 55.5% (192/346). Age, BMI, marital status, medical history, occupation, educational level, and smoking were significantly associated with physical activity (P < .05). Inactive obese participants were about three times more likely to report hypertension and diabetes than inactive normal weight participants (P = .013). BMI was significantly higher among inactive participants (P = .014).

Conclusion:

Physical activity among Lebanese adults was comparable to other populations. Married, non–office workers, and smokers were the main correlates of physical inactivity in Lebanese adulthood.

Al-Tannir is with the Research Center, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kobrosly is with Makassed General Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon; Itani is with the Medical Center, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; El-Rajab is with Pediatric Department, Makassed General Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon; and Tannir is with the Medical Center, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.