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Table 2 Summary of findings from STEPS surveys

From: Physical activity patterns among South-Asian adults: a systematic review

Country Year of study Sample characteristics Results
   Inactive (%) Inactivity in each domain (%)
   Male Female Urban Rural Total Work Transport Recreation
Bangladesh 2002 Sample size 11,409 NR NR 50.1# 56.7# 52#    
(Male 5,625, Female 5,784)
Age 25–64 yrs
Urban and rural
In capital city - Dhaka
Bangladesh 2009-2010 Sample size 9,275 10.5 41.3 NR NR 27.0 45.7 44.5 81.9
(Male 4,312, Female 4,963)
Age > 25 yrs
Urban and rural
Bhutan 2007 Sample size 2,484 49.8 69.6 58.6 NA 58.6 69.0 63.2 78.7
(Male 1,138, Female 1,346)         
Age 25–74 yrs
Urban
In capital city - Thimpu
India 2003-2005 Sample size 44,491         
(Male 21,871, Female 22,620)         
Age 15–64 yrs         
Urban and rural         
6 States in India         
1. Assam 8.3 10.7 26.1* 1.6* 9.5* 28.3* 24.6* NR
2. Delhi 25.5 15.5 26.3* NR 20.4* 62.9* 39.3* NR
3. Haryana 16.9 47.6 38.3* 24.6* 32.7* 78.4* 41.9* NR
4. Kerala 4.8 4.3 7.6* 5.9* 6.7* 18.4* 31.8* NR
5. Maharashtra 7.7 6.1 14.9* 1.3* 6.8* 24.5* 21.1* NR
6. Tamil Nadu 16.9 27.2 29.1* 19.9* 22.0* 90.8* 25.1* NR
India 2007-2008 Sample size 38,064         
(Male 16,891, Female 21,173)         
Age 24–64 yrs         
Urban and rural         
7 states in India         
1. Andhra Pradesh 55.9 79.7 77.5 63.8 67.7 NR NR NR
2.Kerala 64.7 86.2 70.8 74.5 75.8 NR NR NR
3. Madhya Pradesh 33.5 52.0 68.3 31.8 42.3 NR NR NR
4. Maharashtra 75.4 87.7 86.1 77.2 81.2 NR NR NR
5. Mizoram 60.9 82.4 79.1 62.5 71.1 NR NR NR
6. Tamil Nadu 57.3 74.2 79.4 61.6 65.8 NR NR NR
7. Uttarakhand 64.6 69.7 91.6 57.6 67.1 NR NR NR
Maldives 2004 Sample size 2,026 NR NR NR NA NR 93.2* NR NR
(Male 934, Female 1,092)
Age 25–64 yrs
Urban (In Male)
Nepal 2003 Sample size 2,030 73.6 90.9 NR NA 82.3* 82.3* 27.6* 94.5*
(Male 1,010, Female 1,020)
Age 25–64 yrs
Urban
Nepal 2004-2005 Sample size 7,792 NR NR NR NR NR 51.5 19.1 86.0
(Male 3,674, Female 4,118)
Age 15–64 yrs
Urban and rural
Nepal 2007 Sample size 4,328 5.2 5.9 NR NR 5.5 10.6 19.0 83.2
(Male 1,907, Female 2,421)
Age 15–64 yrs
Urban and rural
15 of 75 districts
Sri Lanka 2003 Sample size 3,000 12.1 19.1 NR NR 15.6 58.3* NR 94.8*
(Male 1,500, Female 1,500)
Age 15–74 yrs
Urban
One of nine provinces - Western
Sri Lanka 2006 Sample size 11,680 17.9 31.9 NR NR 25.0 NR NR NR
(Male 5,765, Female 5,915)
Age 24–64 yrs
Urban and rural
  5 random districts out of all 25 districts         
  1. * - calculated from available data; NR – Not reported; NA – Not applicable.