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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of study participants and rates of physical activity, Lebanon, 2009

From: Physical activity in adults with and without diabetes: from the ‘high-risk’ approach to the ‘population-based’ approach of prevention

  Baseline distribution Rates of physical activity
   Inactive Moderate HEPA*
  N % n % n % n %
Total Sample 2195   1026 46.7 682 31.1 487 22.2
Socio-demographic         
Age         
  25–44 1245 56.7 608 48.8 348 28.0 289 23.2
  45–64 664 30.3 271 40.8 239 36.0 154 23.2
  ≥65 286 13.0 147 51.4 95 33.2 44 15.4
Gender         
  Male 1019 46.4 520 51.0 286 28.1 213 20.9
  Female 1176 53.6 506 43.0 396 33.7 274 23.3
Governorate         
  Beirut 236 10.8 139 58.9 64 27.1 33 14.0
  Other 1959 89.2 887 45.3 618 31.5 454 23.2
Education         
  Low 540 24.6 237 43.9 184 34.1 119 22.0
  Middle 952 43.4 418 43.9 300 31.5 234 24.6
  High 703 32.0 371 52.8 198 28.2 134 19.1
Owns a car         
  None 547 24.9 215 39.3 197 36.0 135 24.7
  1 or more 1648 71.5 811 49.2 485 29.4 352 21.4
Health-related         
Smoking         
  Never 1217 55.4 557 45.8 401 32.9 259 21.3
  Past 150 6.8 78 52.0 41 27.3 31 20.7
  Current 828 37.7 391 47.2 240 29.0 197 23.8
BMI         
  Normal 719 32.8 336 46.7 216 30.0 167 23.2
  Overweight 832 37.9 359 43.1 275 33.1 198 23.8
  Obese 638 29.1 328 51.4 190 29.8 120 18.8
Hypertension         
  No 1489 67.8 698 46.9 447 30.0 344 23.1
  Yes 699 31.8 324 46.4 234 33.5 141 20.2
Hyperlipidemia         
  No 1790 81.5 815 45.5 553 30.9 422 23.6
  Yes 405 18.5 211 52.1 129 31.9 65 16.0
Heart disease         
  No 2019 92.0 926 45.9 628 31.1 465 23.0
  Yes 176 8.0 100 56.8 54 30.7 22 12.5
Advice to exercise         
  No 1544 70.3 724 46.9 454 29.4 366 23.7
  Yes 651 29.7 302 46.4 228 35.0 121 18.6
  1. *HEPA, health enhancing physical activity.
  2. Some totals do not add up to 2195 or 100% due to missing data.