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 contribution||Physical activity and chronic non-transmissible diseases in Mexican students by gender|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 2018|
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Para el levantamiento de información, se adaptó un cuestionario ad hoc, integrado por elementos del Cuestionario Internacional de Activi-dad Física (IPAQ, 2005), de la Encuesta de Salud Short Form 36 México (SF-36) y del protocolo restringido de la Sociedad Internacional para el Avance de la Cineantropometría (ISAK), para medir actividad física, percepción de la salud y composición corporal.
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