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Table 3 Estimated physical activity (MET*h/d) by weight class (BMI), type and, intensity of activity.

From: Estimated physical activity in Bavaria, Germany, and its implications for obesity risk: Results from the BVS-II Study

  Underweight (<18.5 kg/m2) Normalweight (18.5-<25) Overweight (25-<30) Obese (≥30) p-value
Type and intensity* of activity/inactivity Women (n=528) difference 2 obese vs. others)
  n = 25 n = 265 n = 154 n = 84  
  Median (Interquatile range)
Occupation      
   total 2.93 (9.76) 5.79 (14.29) 5.35 (14.29) 2.41 (11.68) 0.033
   light 55.8% # 83.8% 81.6% 89.7%  
   moderate 18.8% 12.2% 16.8% 10.3%  
   vigorous 25.3% 3.9% 1.8% 0%  
Sports      
   total 1.62 (3.24) 0.63 (3.12) 0.00 (2.30) 0.00 (1.73) 0.105
   moderate 39.9% 47.0% 54.8% 80.4%  
   vigorous 60.1% 53.0% 43.9% 19.6%  
LTPAstrenuous3      
   total 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (1.61) 0.00 (3.21) 0.00 (2.41) 0.026
   light 0.0% 5.3% 2.2% 5.4%  
   moderate 100.0% 87.6% 89.9% 94.6%  
   vigorous 0 % 7.1% 7.3% 0%  
TV/PCleisure time4 1.21 (1.11) 1.11 (1.33) 1.69 (2.04) 1.78 (1.61) 0.004
Sleeping5 7.90 (2.07) 6.80 (1.24) 6.75 (1.03) 6.75 (1.25) 0.332
LTPAnon-reported6 20.77 (8.20) 19.26 (7.72) 19.49 (7.45) 19.89 (6.66) 0.325
Total daily activity score
   MET*h/d 36.56 (7.08) 37.78 (6.00) 37.20 (5.97) 36.70 (4.95) 0.083
   PALest. 1.58 (0.31) 1.63 (0.26) 1.60 (0.26) 1.58 (0.21) 0.083
  Men (n = 365)  
  n = 10 n = 137 n = 158 n = 60  
  Median (Interquatile range)  
Occupation      
   total 3.47 (6.51) 7.48 (13.68) 5.09 (12.45) 3.01 (12.28) 0.098
   light 100.0% 60.6% 46.0% 61.4%  
   moderate 0% 18.2% 46.5% 10.7%  
   vigorous 0% 21.3% 7.5% 28.1%  
Sports      
   total 7.52 (15.67) 1.29 (7.86) 0.39 (3.21) 0.00 (2.05) 0.006
   moderate 13.2% 33.0% 48.5% 28.6%  
   vigorous 86.9% 67.0% 51.0% 71.4%  
LTPAstrenuous3      
   total 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.54) 0.00 (2.86) 0.29 (4.39) 0.007
   light 0% 1.9% 3.1% 0.7%  
   moderate 100.0% 87.5% 94.6% 98.7%  
   vigorous 0% 11.5% 2.2% 0.7%  
TV/PCleisure time4 1.46 (2.53) 1.77 (1.62) 2.07 (1.97) 2.46 (1.92) 0.001
Sleeping5 8.21 (1.63) 6.62 (1.13) 6.56 (1.28) 6.48 (0.90) 0.040
LTPAnon-reported6 15.80 (6.43) 18.10 (7.45) 18.66 (6.95) 19.50 (7.84) 0.413
Total daily activity score
   MET*h/d 37.54 (11.56) 38.94 (8.81) 37.19 (8.42) 37.42 (8.92) 0.087
   PALest. 1.62 (0.50) 1.68 (0.38) 1.60 (0.36) 1.61 (0.38) 0.087
  1. 1 Weighted for deviation from the underlying Bavarian population (sex, age, region)
  2. 2 Mann-Whitney U-test
  3. 3 LTPAstrenuous = strenuous leisure time physical activity
  4. 4 TV/PCleisure time (1.0 MET)
  5. 5 Sleeping (0.9 MET)
  6. 6 LTPAnon-reported = non-reported leisure time physical activity (1.75 METs),
  7. * Light (<3 METs), moderate (3–6 METs), vigorous (>6 METs)
  8. # Percentage of mean MET*h/d of the corresponding activity domain