Physical activity and obesity research in the Asia-Pacific: a review

Khoo, Selina and Morris, T. (2012) Physical activity and obesity research in the Asia-Pacific: a review. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24 (3). pp. 435-449. ISSN 1010-5395

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Abstract

Obesity is a global health concern and has a great impact on countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for obesity, but physical activity levels are declining in much of this region. Increasing physical activity is a priority in many countries. Considerable research has been conducted on physical activity related to obesity in Western countries, but populations in the Asia-Pacific region differ in physical, psychological, social, and cultural ways that warrant local and regional research. The authors reviewed research conducted in the Asia-Pacific region that examined either the impact of physical activity interventions on obesity-related outcomes or the effect of behavior-change interventions on physical activity participation. The number of studies found was limited, and their samples and methods varied too much to draw conclusions. The authors recommend further research in the Asia-Pacific region using systematic protocols to permit sound conclusions to be drawn and promote informed action at local levels.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obesity; Overweight; Physical activity; Exercise; Interventions; Behavior change
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Sports Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 01:02
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2019 07:45
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/14251

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