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Table 4 Prevalence of low level of physical activity* by age, sex, rural/urban area and income quintiles among persons aged 50 years and older across six countries

From: Common risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases among older adults in China, Ghana, Mexico, India, Russia and South Africa: the study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) wave 1

  China Ghana India Mexico Russian Federation South Africa
% 95% CI % 95% CI % 95% CI % 95% CI % 95% CI % 95% CI
Men             
50-59 21.4 [19.1,23.8] 15.9 [12.8,19.5] 14.4 [11.4,18.1] 19.3 [11.2,31.3] 14.6 [9.2,22.3] 49.6 [41.5,57.4]
60-69 26.1 [23.6,28.7] 18.6 [15.0,22.9] 25.0 [21.0,29.6] 32.9 [25.0,41.9] 21.3 [12.7,33.5] 60.7 [53.4,68.8]
70-79 35.8 [31.7,40.0] 29.9 [24.7,35.8] 41.9 [34.1,50.1] 48.0 [36.5,59.8] 33.3 [20.1,49.8] 67.0 [57.2,75.5]
80+ 50.2 [43.8,56.6] 37.5 [29.8,46.0] 51.0 [39.9,62.0] 66.8 [55.5,76.5] 50.2 [20.6,79.7] 64.7 [47.0,79.6]
Women             
50-59 23.7 [21.4,26.1] 21.3 [17.4,25.8] 17.9 [15.0,21.3] 36.2 [20.7,55.3] 11.1 [6.7,17.8] 56.5 [49.8,62.3]
60-69 28.6 [26.1,31.2] 28.8 [23.5,34.9] 26.8 [22.4,31.6] 46.0 [34.9,57.5] 20.0 [14.4,27.2] 64.9 [57.0,71.2]
70-79 38.4 [34.3,42.7] 39.4 [34.4,44.7] 40.2 [32.7,48.1] 52.9 [37.1,68.1] 32.7 [23.6,43.3] 69.9 [62.3,76.4]
80+ 65.1 [58.4,71.3] 43.4 [36.1,51.0] 60.4 [49.4,70.5] 59.3 [42.7,74.1] 66.4 [49.6,79.9] 81.5 [70.9,88.5]
Residence             
Urban 28.8 [25.4,32.5] 38.0 [33.5,42.7] 29.8 [24.9,35.2] 39.0 [30.1,48.7] 23.2 [18.8,28.3] 61.2 [55.6,66.4]
Rural 27.8 [26.1,29.7] 17.1 [14.2,20.3] 23.0 [21.1,24.9] 33.0 [22.5,45.5] 22.0 [13.4,33.9] 56.7 [48.9,63.6]
Income quintile**           
Lowest 29.0 [25.8,32.5] 16.9 [14.0,20.1] 23.1 [19.6,27.0] 46.0 [38.7,53.4] 42.4 [29.6,56.3] 60.0 [50.7,68.2]
Second 25.7 [22.9,28.6] 21.0 [17.3,25.3] 24.5 [20.9,28.5] 38.2 [22.0,57.6] 32.5 [25.2,40.8] 59.2 [49.8,67.0]
Middle 26.4 [23.7,29.3] 21.1 [17.8,24.9] 25.3 [20.3,31.2] 27.4 [16.0,42.8] 19.7 [13.6,27.8] 58.0 [50.9,64.3]
Fourth 29.6 [26.7,32.8] 31.2 [26.1,36.7] 27.1 [23.1,31.4] 47.0 [36.3,57.9] 13.5 [9.7,18.4] 63.2 [57.0,69.2]
Highest 30.0 [25.9,34.6] 36.3 [31.1,41.9] 24.7 [21.5,28.1] 33.1 [23.0,45.0] 17.2 [11.1,25.7] 58.1 [50.3,65.9]
Total 28.3 [26.4,30.2] 25.6 [23.1,28.3] 24.9 [22.7,27.3] 37.7 [30.3,45.7] 22.8 [18.6,27.7] 59.7 [55.1,63.9]
  1. *High = Vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days achieving a minimum of at least 1,500 MET-minutes/week OR 7 or more days of any combination of walking, moderate- or vigorous intensity activities achieving a minimum of at least 3,000 MET-minutes per week;
  2. Moderate = A person not meeting the criteria for the “high” category and: 3 or more days of vigorous-intensity activity of at least 20 minutes per day OR 5 or more days of moderate-intensity activity or walking of at least 30 minutes per day OR 5 or more days of any combination of walking, moderate- or vigorous intensity activities achieving a minimum of at least 600 MET-minutes per week; and,
  3. Low = A person not meeting any of the above mentioned criteria falls in this category.
  4. **Income levels were generated through a multi-step process, where asset ownership was converted to an asset ladder, a Bayesian post-estimation method used to generate raw continuous income estimates, and then transformed into quintiles. Lowest (Quintile 1) is the quintile with the poorest households and Highest (Quintile 5) the quintile with the richest households.
  5. Note: Weighted estimates.