Perceived environmental barriers to physical activity in young adults in Dhaka City, Bangladesh-does gender matter?

Uddin, Riaz, Burton, Nicola W. and Khan, Asaduzzaman 2018, Perceived environmental barriers to physical activity in young adults in Dhaka City, Bangladesh-does gender matter?, International Health, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 40-46, doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihx057.

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Title Perceived environmental barriers to physical activity in young adults in Dhaka City, Bangladesh-does gender matter?
Author(s) Uddin, Riaz
Burton, Nicola W.
Khan, Asaduzzaman
Journal name International Health
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 40
End page 46
Total pages 7
Publisher Oxford Academic
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2018-01
ISSN 1876-3413
Keyword(s) Developing countries
Evidence-based policy
Healthy cities
Research to policy
Urban health
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Background: Physical activity (PA) has demonstrated health benefits, but participation is low in many countries. Little is known about environmental barriers to PA among young Asian adults. The purpose of this study was to identify common perceived environmental barriers to PA in young adults in Dhaka, Bangladesh and to examine if these barriers differed by gender. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study with a self-administered survey and data collected from a convenience sample of 573 students aged 20.71±1.35 years (female 45%) in Dhaka. Binary logistic regression analysis was used to examine the association between environmental barriers and gender, adjusting for potential confounders. Results: Poor street lighting at night (62%) and a lack of convenient places to do PA (56%) were the most frequently reported environmental barriers to PA. Females were more likely than males to identify a lack of neighbourhood safety (OR 4.65 [95% CI 3.09-7.00]), poor street lighting (OR 2.82 [95% CI 1.95-4.11]), lack of convenient places (OR 2.04 [95% CI 1.39-3.00]), unclean and untidy neighbourhood (OR 1.84 [95% CI 1.25-2.72]) and poor weather (OR 1.61 [95% CI 1.11-2.33]) as barriers to PA, after adjusting for a set of confounders. Conclusions: Findings suggest that environmental barriers to PA are particularly salient to young females in urban Bangladesh. This study underscores the need for safe and convenient options for PA that are also female friendly.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/inthealth/ihx057
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Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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