Obesity and reports of no leisure time activity among older americans: Results from the third national health and nutrition examination survey

Ross E. Andersen, Shawn Franckowiak, Colleen Christmas, Jeremy Walston, Carlos Crespo

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Abstract

Physical inactivity is a cardiovascular risk factor that has a higher prevalence among overweight adults. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of not participating in Leisure Time Physical Activity (LPTA) and the relationship to body weight class among older U.S. adults. A nationally representative cross-sectional survey with an in-person interview and medical examination was used. Between 1988 and 1994, 6569 adults 60 years of age or older responded to the household adult and family questionnaires as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III. Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic blacks were oversampled to produce reliable estimates for these groups. Overall, 39% of older U.S. adults fall in the overweight range and 23.3% are obese. Obese older adults were more likely than their overweight and healthy weight counterparts to report participating in no LTPA The prevalence of adults reporting no leisure time physical activity (LPTA) is lowest among non-Hispanic whites compared to non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican-Americans in each body mass index category. Future interventions should address strategies to promote an increase in leisure time physical activity among older adults, especially among underserved populations, and help them to prevent weight gain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-306
Number of pages10
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume27
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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