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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 512363, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/512363
Research Article

Social and Health Factors Associated with Physical Activity among Kuwaiti College Students

1Department of Community Medicine and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 24923, 13110 Safat, Kuwait
2Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room L408, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3V4
3School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z3
4Division of Cardiology, University of British Columbia, St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 1Y6

Received 11 November 2010; Revised 27 December 2010; Accepted 27 February 2011

Academic Editor: Terry Huang

Copyright © 2011 Abdulwahab Naser Al-Isa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Our aim was to explore the social and health factors that are associated with the level of physical activity among Kuwaiti college students. A random sample of 787 students (48% males and 52% females) was chosen and weight and height were measured to obtain body mass index (BMI, kg/m2). Associated social and health factors were obtained using a questionnaire. Those reporting being physically inactive numbered 354 and the remaining 433 were active. Obesity among males was 13% and was 10.5% among females. The social and health factors that were found to be significantly associated with physical activity among the students were gender ( ), marital status ( ), BMI category (obese or nonobese) ( ), last dental and health checkup ( ), desiring a higher degree ( ), and countries preferred for visiting ( ). Males significantly exceeded females in the practice of physical activity. In conclusion, behavioural modifications, intervention studies, and health education touting the benefits of being physically active should be instituted to increase the practice of sports and other physical activities in order to control and decrease obesity-related morbidity and mortality.