Ten-year trends in total physical activity practice in Brazilian adults: 2002-2012

Pedro C. Hallal, Kelly Cordeira, Alan G. Knuth, Grégore Iven Mielke, Cesar G. Victora

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Background: One-third of adults worldwide are physically inactive causing over 5.3 million deaths annually. Despite a growing focus on physical activity and health, population-based data on physical activity trends in low- and middle-income countries are still limited. To help fill the gap, this study provides trend data over a 10-year period in Pelotas, a southern Brazilian city. Methods: The short version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire was used to assess the prevalence of physical inactivity in 2002 (n = 3119), 2007 (n = 2969), and 2012 (n = 2868). Levels of inactivity and trends were assessed according to sex, age, schooling, and socioeconomic position (SEP). Results: The prevalence of physical inactivity rose from 41.1% (95% CI: 37.4-44.9) in 2002 and 52.0% (95% CI: 49.1-53.8) in 2007 to 54.4% (95% CI: 51.8-56.9) in 2012 (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20130031
Pages (from-to)1525-1530
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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