Changes in physical activity patterns in the United States , by sex and cross - sectional age

  • Caspersen C
  • Pereira M
  • Curran K
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See, stats, and : https : / / www . researchgate . net / publication / 12328111 Changes United , by - Sectional Article DOI : 10 . 1097 / 00005768 - 200009000 - 00013 : PubMed CITATIONS 583 READS 5 , 739 3 , including : Mark University 199 , 702 SEE All . The . All - text and , letting . ABSTRACT CASPERSEN , C . J . , M . A . PEREIRA , and K . M . CURRAN . Changes in physical activity patterns in the United States , by sex and cross - sectional age . Purpose : To determine sex - specific , age - related changes in physical activity patterns . Methods : We examined cross - sectional data from the National Health Interview Survey , using the 1992 Youth Risk Behavior Survey supplement for adolescents and the 1991 Health Promotion / Disease Prevention supplement for adults . Physical activity patterns were modeled after Healthy People 2000 objectives . Results : Among adolescents , physical activity patterns generally eroded most from ages 15 through 18 . The " regular , vigorous activity " and strengthening patterns declined consistently from ages 12 through 21 . Young adulthood (18 – 29 yr) often marked continuing erosion of activity patterns , whereas middle adulthood (30 – 64 yr) often revealed relatively stable patterns . At retirement age (65 yr) , there was a stabilizing , or even an improving , tendency in activity patterns , usually followed by further erosion through the final period of life . Strengthening behavior eroded dramatically with advancing age among adults , especially among men . Among adolescents , differences between female and male respondents were large for regular , vigorous activity (11 . 3 percentage points greater for male respondents) . In comparison with female adolescents and adults , male respondents reported much higher rates of regular , sustained activity (5 . 5 and 5 . 9 percentage points , respectively) , and strengthening (18 . 2 and 11 . 3 percentage points , respectively) . Among adults , levels of physical inactivity among women were moderately greater (5 . 5 percentage points) than for men . Absolute rates of change per year were mostly large to very large (3 . 0 – 8 . 0 percentage points⅐yr Ϫ1

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  • Carl J Caspersen

  • Mark A Pereira

  • Katy M Curran

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