Physical Activity Patterns of Singaporean Adolescents

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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The purpose of this study was to document the level of physical activity and sedentary behavior in a representative sample of Singaporean adolescents. A random sample of 1,827 secondary school students from six secondary schools (929 boys, 898 girls, mean age 14.9 ± 1.2 yr) completed the Three-Day Physical Activity Recall (3DPAR) self-report instrument. Approximately 63% of Singaporean high school students met current guidelines requiring 60 min of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Just over half (51.6%) met the guideline calling for regular vigorous physical activity. Across all grade levels, boys were consistently more active than girls. More than 70% of Singaporean high school students exceeded the recommended 2 hours per day of electronic media use. Collectively, these findings suggest that a significant proportion of Singaporean adolescents are not sufficiently active and are in need of programs to promote physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior.

Lee is with the School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia; Trost is with the School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, and the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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