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Physical inactivity and other health risks among Australian males in less-skilled occupations

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.1999, 00:00 authored by Jenny VeitchJenny Veitch, Jo SalmonJo Salmon, O Clavisi, N Owen
Male workers in less-skilled occupations have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, compared with higher-skilled workers. A representative population sample of Australian male workers was used to compare physical activity levels and selected cardiovascular disease risk factors in less-skilled versus professional and skilled workers. Workers in the less-skilled occupational categories reported significantly more vigorous work and home-based activity than did those in the professional and skilled categories. In multivariate comparisons, cigarette smoking was the only factor that discriminated between the less-skilled versus the professional and skilled employees. Although worksites can potentially provide health-promoting physical activity options for higher-risk groups, our findings suggest that smoking and possibly overweight are risk factors that are more strongly present in less-skilled occupations.

History

Journal

Journal of occupational and environmental medicine

Volume

41

Issue

9

Pagination

794 - 798

Publisher

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

ISSN

1076-2752

eISSN

1536-5948

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1999, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.