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Physical activity patterns in the French 18–74-year-old population: French Nutrition and Health Survey (Etude Nationale Nutrition Santé, ENNS) 2006–2007

  • Benoit Salanave (a1), Michel Vernay (a1), Emmanuelle Szego (a1), Aurélie Malon (a1), Valérie Deschamps (a1), Serge Hercberg (a1) (a2) (a3) and Katia Castetbon (a1)...

Abstract

Objective

To describe detailed physical activity and sedentary behaviour in French adults across physical activity categories.

Design

The French Nutrition and Health Survey (Etude Nationale Nutrition Santé, ENNS), conducted in 2006–2007, was a national cross-sectional survey based on three-stage random sampling. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to classify participants into three physical activity categories. Time spent in a sitting position and time spent in front of a screen were used as markers of sedentary behaviour.

Setting

France.

Subjects

Adults (n 2971) aged 18 to 74 years were included.

Results

Overall, 29·5 % of men and 23·6 % of women were classified into the high-IPAQ category, while 36·1 % of men and 37·5 % of women were in the low-IPAQ category. For each intensity level of physical activity (vigorous intensity, moderate intensity or walking), the number of active days per week decreased from the high- to the low-IPAQ category and daily duration of physical activity was longer in the high-IPAQ category than in the other two categories; 6 % of adults declared neither vigorous nor moderate nor walking activities.

Conclusions

For most adults in the low-IPAQ category, an increasing number of active days per week would be sufficient to attain the moderate-IPAQ category. This should be taken into account in public health initiatives aimed at promoting physical activity.

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*Corresponding author: Email benoit.salanave@univ-paris13.fr

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Physical activity patterns in the French 18–74-year-old population: French Nutrition and Health Survey (Etude Nationale Nutrition Santé, ENNS) 2006–2007

  • Benoit Salanave (a1), Michel Vernay (a1), Emmanuelle Szego (a1), Aurélie Malon (a1), Valérie Deschamps (a1), Serge Hercberg (a1) (a2) (a3) and Katia Castetbon (a1)...

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