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Are Australian immigrants at risk of being physically inactive?

Dassanayake, Jayantha and Gurrin, Lyle and Sundararajan, Vijaya and Dharmage, Shyamali C and Payne, Warren (2011) Are Australian immigrants at risk of being physically inactive? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8 (53). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1479-5868

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Abstract

Background - We examined whether physical activity risk differed between migrant sub-groups and the Australian-born population. Methods - Data were drawn from the Australian National Health Survey (2001) and each resident's country of birth was classified into one of 13 regions. Data were gathered on each resident's physical activity level in the fortnight preceding the survey. Multivariable logistic regression, adjusted for potential confounders examined the risk of physical inactivity of participants from each of the 13 regions compared to the Australian-born population. Results - There was a greater prevalence of physical inactivity for female immigrants from most regions compared to male immigrants from a like region. Immigrants from South East Asia (OR 2.04 % 95% CI 1.63, 2.56), Other Asia (OR 1.53 95% CI 1.10, 2.13), Other Oceania (1.81 95% CI 1.11, 2.95), the Middle East (OR 1.42 95% CI 0.97, 2.06), and Southern & Eastern Europe are at a significantly higher risk of being physically inactive compared to those born in Australian. In contrast, immigrants from New Zealand (OR 0.77 95% CI 0.62, 0.94), and the UK & Ireland (OR 0.82 95% CI 0.73, 0.92), are at a significantly lower risk of being physically inactive compared to the Australian born population. Conclusion - Future research identifying potential barriers and facilitators to participation in physical activity will inform culturally sensitive physical activity programs that aim to encourage members of specific regional ethnic sub-groups to undertake physical activity

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23667
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Other
SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 15:36
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 00:00
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6827
DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-53
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