Nivel educativo y su asociación con niveles de actividad física en Chile

Translated title of the contribution: Association of physical inactivity with low levels of education

Álex Garrido-Méndez, Carlos Matus Castillo, Felipe Poblete-Valderrama, Carol Flores Rivera, Fanny Petermann Rocha, Fernando Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Jaime Vásquez-Gómez, Ximena Diáz-Martínez, Ana Rosa Beltrán, Carlos Celis-Morales

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Background: A higher educational level is associated with healthier lifestyles. Aim: To assess the association between the level of compliance with physical activity recommendations and years of formal education in Chilean adults. Material and Methods: Analysis include 6,174 participants from the National Health Survey 2016-2017. Physical activity levels were assessed through the Global Physical Questionnaire (GPAQ v2). Physical inactivity was defined as < 600 MET/minute/week. Results: Among subjects without education, 44% and 27% of women and men respectively, were physically inactive. Among women and men with the highest number of years of education (> 16) the figures for physical inactivity were 27% and 15% respectively. The odds for not meeting the physical activity recommendations was 2.3 [95% confidence intervals (CI): 1.57; 3.38] and 3.9 [95% CI: 2.27; 6.95] in women and men without any formal education respectively, as compared with those who reported 12 years of education. Women and men who reported a high level of education ≥ (16 years) did not show significant differences compared to the reference group. Conclusions: People with low levels of education are were likely to be physically inactive.

Translated title of the contributionAssociation of physical inactivity with low levels of education
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)295-303
Number of pages9
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020


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