Prevalence of Physical Activity and Sitting Time among South Korean Adolescents

Eun Young Lee, Valerie Carson, Justin Y. Jeon, John C. Spence

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This study aimed to describe physical activity (PA) and sitting time, and to examine associations between sociodemographic factors, weight status, PA, and sitting time among South Korean adolescents (12-18 years). Findings are based on self-report data from 638 participants in the 2013 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Only 4.9% of adolescents accumulated 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous PA daily. Adolescents spent 532.4 ± 9.3 mins/d sitting. After controlling for age and sex, individuals in higher income groups compared with the lowest income group, living in nonmetro Seoul compared with metro Seoul, and who were overweight compared with nonoverweight were more likely to meet PA guidelines. Participants in the highest income group compared with lowest income group, and residing in nonmetro Seoul compared with metro Seoul were more likely to be in the high sitting time group (>720 min/d) (P <.05). Increasing PA and reducing sitting should be a public health priority in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-506
Number of pages9
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept 1

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by an Obesity Training Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. VC is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Salary Award.

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© 2016 APJPH.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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