The Determinants of Participation in Physical Activity in Malaysia

Yong Kang Cheah, Bee Koon Poh

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Abstract

Objectives: In light of the importance of physical activity, the aim of the present study is to examine the factors affecting participation in physical activity among adults in Malaysia. Methods: A logistic regression model and the Third National Health and Morbidity Survey consisting of 30,992 respondents were used. Results: Age, income, gender, education, marital status, region, house locality, job characteristics, and medical conditions are significantly associated with participation in physical activity. In particular, old individuals, high income earners, females, the well-educated, widowed or divorced individuals, East Malaysians, urban dwellers, the unemployed, and individuals who are not diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia are less likely to be physically active than others. Conclusion: Because sociodemographic and health factors play an important role in determining physical activity, the government should take them into account when formulating policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalOsong Public Health and Research Perspectives
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

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Keywords

  • Demography
  • Health
  • Malaysia
  • Participation
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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The Determinants of Participation in Physical Activity in Malaysia. / Cheah, Yong Kang; Poh, Bee Koon.

In: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives, Vol. 5, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 20-27.

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