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Factors Associated With Physical Inactivity Among Korean Men and Women

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Objectives : To identify the independently associating factors on physical inactivity in Korean men and women.

Methods : The data of 5554 men and women (18-74 years) were analyzed using national health and nutritional examination survey data that included questionnaires and physical examinations.

Results : Multiple logistic regression analyses showed that significant factors were low monthly income, low education, current smoking, increased waist-to-hip ratio, and low health concern among men; living in rural areas, low monthly income, low education, perceived poor health status, low health concern, and emotional stress among women.

Conclusions : Health care providers should focus on education and counseling regarding the factors that influence physical inactivity.
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Keywords: Koreans; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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