Physical activity level and lifestyle-related risk factors from Catalan physicians

Alba Pardo, Jim McKenna, Anna Mitjans, Berenguer Camps, Silvia Aranda-García, Juanjo Garcia-Gil, Mariona Violan

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Background: Physicians' own Physical Activity (PA) and other health-related habits influence PA promotion. The current study identifies the PA level, according to the current PA recommendations and other health-related habits of physicians from the Catalan Medical Council. 

Methods: 2400 physicians (30-55 years) were randomly selected; each received a self-administered mailed questionnaire identifying medical specialization, work setting, health self-perception, body mass index (BMI), PA, and smoking habits. 

Results: 762 physicians responded (52% female). Almost 1 in 2 (49.3%) exercised sufficiently, nearly all self-perceived good health, while 80.5% were nonsmokers. Almost 6 in 10 males reported overweight or obesity (56.9%) versus 18.2% of females. Active physicians dominated specific groups: (1) aged 45-55 years, (2) specializing either in primary care or surgery, (3) working in the private sector, (4) BMI < 25kg/m2, (5) perceiving themselves in good health, or (6) having free leisure time. 

Conclusions: Only half of Catalan physicians met current PA recommendations; male physicians were particularly at risk for overweight/obesity. Overweight and under-exercise were associated with private workplaces and positive health perceptions, meaning that it is it is now possible to target inactive and/or overweight Catalan physicians in future interventions.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)922-929
Nombre de pàgines8
RevistaJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de jul. 2014
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