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Table 5 Prevalence of physical inactivity among children/adolescents using data from journal articles

From: Physical inactivity, gender and culture in Arab countries: a systematic assessment of the literature

Country First author, year Source Definition Questionnaire used Prevalence (%) Age range Sample size
National samples
 Bahrain Musaiger, 2014 (2006–2007) NA <5days/week of playing sport NA 72.1 15-18 735
 Egypt Salazar-Martinez, 2006 (1997) NA Not engaged in sports NA 62.3 11-19 1502
 KSA AlBuhairan, 2015 (NA) NA Complete absence of exercise YRBSS and the GSHS Questionnairesa 45.2 Mean: 15.8 12575
 Oman Afifi, 2006 (2004) NA Engaging in physical activities <once per week, apart from school physical education 27-item Child Depression Inventory 66.3 14-20 5409
 Palestine Al Sabbah, 2007 (2003–2004) Health Behavior in School-aged Children Survey < 60 minutes/day, <5/7 days per week WHO international HBSC questionnaire 80.0 12-18 8885
 Tunisia Nouira, 2014 (2009-2010) NA NA Oxford Health Alliance for community intervention for health 88.1 12-14 3987
Aounallah-Skhiri, 2012 2005 NA < 3 Mets Locally validated questionnaire 29.4 15-19 2870
Subnational sampleb
 Algeria Abbes, 2016 (2010-2011) NA Not engaged in sports NA 92.8 6-11 293
 Egypt Shady, 2015 (NS) NA < 4 hours/week NA 65.5 9-11 200
 Jordan Haddad, 2009 (NA) NA Not very physically nor moderately active modified Adolescent Wellness Appraisal (AWA) 4.0 12-17 530
 KSA Al-Hazzaa, 2011 (2009-2010) Arab Teens Lifestyle Study <1680 METs-min/week ATLS 61.9 15-19 2908
Al-Muhaimeed, 2015 (2012) NA Not engaging in sports NA 27.3 6-10 601
Al-Mutairi, 2015 (2013) NA No regular exercise NA 31.9 15-22 426
Al-Othman, 2012 (2010) NA NAc NA 15.7 6-17 331
Mahfouz, 2011 (2008) NA Less than 30 mins of physical exercise during the previous week CDC Adolescent Health Survey Questionnaire 34.3 11-19 1869
 Kuwait Shehab, 2005 (NA) NA Only performing normal daily routine with some recreational activities or walking slowly and doing no structured exercise NA 71.3 10-18 400
 Lebanon Nasreddine, 2014 (2009) NA Based on weekly frequency: Neverd NA 32.6 Mean: 13.06 868
 Palestine Jildeh, 2011 (2002-2003) The Health Behavior for School-Aged Children Project (HBSC) <5 days a week First Palestinian National Health and Nutrition Survey Questionnaire (2000) 77.6 11-16 314
Arar, 2009 (NA) NA No extra-curricular (EC) physical activities NA 43.3 9-11 180
 Sudan Moukhyer, 2008 (2001) NA Not engaging in sports activities NA 33.4 10-19 1200
  1. aGSHS: Global School-based Student Health survey – YRBSS: The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
  2. bOne study conducted in Lebanon by Shediac-Riskallah (2001) was excluded from the prevalence table as it includes youth (16+ years)
  3. cModerate intensity activities included: playground activities, brisk walking, dancing, and bicycle riding. Higher intensity activities included: ball games, jumping rope, active games involving running and chasing, and swimming
  4. dFrequency and type of activities performed along with duration (number of minutes per week)