Physical Activity Level among School Going Children in Surat City, Gujarat: A Cross Sectional Survey

2020 Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development  
Physical inactivity in children and adolescents is a major issue in public health. Physical activity (PA) is a best predictor of cardiovascular, skeletal, and mental health in children and adolescents, yet contemporary youth, and especially girls, are often insufficiently active. However, PA levels in children of Surat city, Gujarat has been less explored. So present study was undertaken. Methodology: A Crosssectional survey was conducted on 82 children from 3 different schools of Surat city
more » ... ng self -reported PAQ-C (Physical Activity Questionnaire -Children) in last seven days to measure PA after obtaining permission from school authorities. Anthropometric measures and self-reported socio-demographic data were also recorded. Descriptive statistics were used to depict the characteristics of the study population and PA levels. Results: Mean PA level amongst children was 2.55 (SD=0.60). PA level in girls (2.24, SD=0.73) was significantly lower than in males (2.67, SD=0.67), (p<0.05). 82% (n=66) of students fell in low PA group (PA score <3). PA declined with increasing age (r= -0.17, p<0.05).Conclusion: Inadequate PA was reported among children. The present study even suggested that children should be engaged in more amount of PA which will help in reducing the health risks.
doi:10.37506/ijphrd.v11i7.10175 fatcat:kjro2ermpnebvheh74gfesn6uy