September 15, 2017
Background: Increasing levels of physical inactivity is associated with growing trends of childhood obesity. Objective: We aim to study the effect of socio-demographic as well as lifestyle factors on mode of travel to and from school in children from 10 to 15-year-old. Methods: 4,497 school-aged children from the first wave of Understanding Society database. A cross-sectional design was used to examine the relationship between active travel with demographic and lifestyle factors. Results: Multivariate analyses show that children ages 13 to 15 years were more likely to travel actively compared to younger peers (OR=1.92,95%CI:1.65-2.23). Those engaged in sporting activity 3 times or greater than per week were more likely to actively travel compared to those engaged in less than twice per week (OR = 1.21, 95% CI: 1.02 to 1.43) and those eating fast food once or less than per week were more likely to travel actively compared to unhealthy eaters. Conclusion: Sports activity 3 times or greater than per week and eating fast food once or less than per week are positively associated with children being active travellers. © 2017 Fadl and Kheir.
The Open Public Health Journal
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Volume: 10 , p.177 -186
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