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Leisure Physical Activity in Turkish Adults: Difference Between Urban and Squatter Areas

Author(s): M. Kamil Ozer | Alparslan Erman | Emel Cetin | N. Fusun Toraman

Journal: Asian Journal of Epidemiology
ISSN 1992-1462

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: socioeconomic status | leisure physical activity | Health

To determine the area level socioeconomic disadvantage is important in leisure physical activity. A cross-sectional data from questionnaires by 768 adults aged 40-64 years was analyzed. The results showed that age, employment and income-expenditure rate did not affect leisure activity for both men and women in urban area, while being educated and unhealthy for women and being illiterate for men correlated with being active. In squatter area, low educated women were more active than high educated women and employed women were more active than unemployed ones, while age, income-expenditure rate, education and total health status were not related with leisure activity in squatter men. Different factors affect leisure activity in the urban and squatter areas. Physical inactivity was related with unemployment in only squatter women. There is not any relation with health status and leisure physical activity.
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