Actividad física y enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles de estudiantes mexicanosen función del género

Translated title of the contribution: Physical activity and chronic non-transmissible diseases in Mexican students by gender

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Physical inactivity is one of the determinants of overweight and obesity and a risk factor for developing chronic non-transmissible diseases. The purpose of this study is to describe the overall personal health perceived by a population of Mexican university students in relation to physical activity levels. The sample, randomly selected using proportional affixation, was composed of 1,431 students. An ad-hoc questionnaire, integrated by elements of restricted protocol ISAK, IPAQ, and SD36, was adopted in order to collect information. Among the main results, 47.9% of women perform light activities and 48.7% of men perform moderate activities. Regarding perception of personal health, 59.8% of man range from excellent to very good, whereas the same range is found for 45.8% of women. Those who spend more time being physical active have better attitude towards their personal health. However, the measurement of the abdominal perimeter highlighted that 40% of the sample are at risk. The diseases associated with sedentary lifestyle and hypercaloric diets mentioned are: obesity and overweight (14%), and cardiovascular diseases and high triglycerides (1.7%). Our outcomes, showing high overweight and obesity at the same time as low levels of physical activity, demonstrate a compromised health that may detonate on university students' personal life on the short term, as well as on their labor productivity after their graduation.

Translated title of the contributionPhysical activity and chronic non-transmissible diseases in Mexican students by gender
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
Issue number33
StatePublished - 2018

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