FIGURE 13-1 Box-plot summaries of the age-specific distribution of sedentary lifestyle prevalence from 22 states participating in the 1985 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Source: "Leads from the MMWR: Sex-, Age-, and Region-specific Prevalence of Sedentary Lifestyle in Selected States in 1985—The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System," Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 257, p. 2271, 1987.

TABLE 13-1 Leisure-time Physical Activity (percentage) by Sex and Age as Reported in the 1985 National Health Interview Survey

Characteristic

Sedentary

Irregularly Active

Regularly Active But Inappropriate Activity

Appropriate Activity

Sex

Men

24.8

30.9

36.2

8.1

Women

30.2

31.3

31.5

7.0

Age (years)

18–29

18.3

30.1

41.5

10.1

30–44

24.2

34.5

33.7

7.7

45–64

32.7

31.9

30.8

4.7

65 +

42.6

25.0

24.9

7.5

 

SOURCE: Adapted from C. J. Caspersen, G. M. Christenson, and R. A. Pollard, "Status of the 1990 Physical Fitness and Exercise Objectives — Evidence from NHIS," Public Health Reports, Vol. 101, pp. 587-592, 1986.



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