Associations of residential density with adolescents’ physical activity in a rapidly urbanizing area of mainland China

Xu, Fei, Li, JieQuan, Lian, YaQiong, Wang, ZhiYong, Hong, Xin, Ware, Robert S., Leslie, Eva, Sugiyama, Takemi and Owen, Neville 2010, Associations of residential density with adolescents’ physical activity in a rapidly urbanizing area of mainland China, Journal of urban health, vol. 87, no. 1, pp. 44-53.

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Title Associations of residential density with adolescents’ physical activity in a rapidly urbanizing area of mainland China
Author(s) Xu, Fei
Li, JieQuan
Lian, YaQiong
Wang, ZhiYong
Hong, Xin
Ware, Robert S.
Leslie, Eva
Sugiyama, Takemi
Owen, Neville
Journal name Journal of urban health
Volume number 87
Issue number 1
Start page 44
End page 53
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 1099-3460
1468-2869
Summary In the context of recent social and economic transitions in China, lack of physical activity among adolescents is an emerging health risk, particularly so in rapidly expanding urban areas. Evidence from Western countries suggests that built environment attributes can influence the physical activity participation of young people, but whether or not this is the case for China is unknown. We recruited high school students from ten urban districts in Nanjing, Mainland China (n=2,375; mean age=13.9± 1.0 years old; 46% boys; survey response rate=89%). The outcome variable was selfreported recreational physical activity time; the primary explanatory variable was the residential density of the urban districts. Analysis was conducted using mixed-effects logistic regression models. After adjustment for potential confounding variables, including sedentary behavior and green space, there was a consistent and graduated association between residential density and physical activity; residential density was significantly negatively associated with recreational physical activity time for students from the higher tertile of residential density (OR; 95% CI=0.64; 0.42 to 0.97) compared to those from the lower tertile. The direction and magnitude of the negative association between residential density and physical activity was similar for boys and girls. It should be a public health priority to identify the particular urban environment attributes that can encourage and support young people’s participation in physical activity.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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