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Graden av fysisk aktivitet hos svenska ungdomar: en longitudinell studie
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Physical activity has many positive effects on health. The recommendation for children and adolescents is to be physically active for at least one hour every day. It has been shown that few adolescents fulfil these recommendations. The level of physical activity also varies depending on sex and weight and decreases with age.

Objective: To investigate self-assessed level of physical activity among Swedish 12-13 year olds and possible changes at the age of 17-18. The other aims were to investigate possible differences between girls and boys and between normal weight and overweight adolescents.

Methods: This study is a quantitative and longitudinal observational study with 1003 participants. The level of physical activity was measured through self-assessment at baseline (age 12-13) and follow-up (age 17-18).

Results: The level of physical activity was much lower than the current recommendations. At age 12-13 the adolescents were physically active, for at least one hour, on average 4,1 days per week. 11,6 % achieved the recommendations. At age 17-18 the numbers were 3,6 and 8,6 % respectively. The level of physical activity decreased in the group as a whole as well as among girls, boys, normal weight and overweight adolescents. No differences were found between girls and boys or normal weight and overweight adolescents regarding the level of and change in physical activity.

Conclusion: The majority of adolescents do not meet the recommendations for physical activity. If this persists then they could be at risk of diseases related to an inactive lifestyle.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
physical activity, adolescents, children, questionnaire
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322559OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-322559DiVA: diva2:1098686
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Physiotherapy programme
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Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-25 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved

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