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Table 2 Prevalence* of International Physical Activity Questionnaire categories among 18–65 year-olds by country; International Prevalence Study, 2002–2004

From: The International Prevalence Study on Physical Activity: results from 20 countries

Country Weighted Valid
n ##
Total sample (%)
   Low active Moderate Activity High active
Argentina 1189 26.7 (24–29) 35.2 (32–38) 38.0 (35–41)
Australia 2642 17.2 (16–19) 24.3 (23–26) 58.6 (57–60)
Belgium 1922 43.0 (41–45) 27.4 (25–29) 29.6 (28–32)
Brazil 981 30.4 (28–33) 45.0 (42–48) 24.6 (22–27)
Canada 2626 13.7 (12–15) 26.7 (25–28) 59.6 (58–62)
China 1593 6.9 (6–8) 35.4 (33–38) 57.7 (55–60)
Colombia 2974 19.8 (18–21) 27.5 (26–29) 52.7 (51–55)
Czech Rep 7468 9.9 (9–11) 27.2 (26–28) 62.9 (62–64)
Hong Kong 4657 15.3 (14–16) 50.6 (49–52) 34.1 (33–35)
India 1004 23.4 (21–26) 38.7 (36–42) 37.9 (35–41)
Japan 4618 43.3 (42–45) 35.4 (34–37) 21.2 (20–22)
Lithuania 2210 15.0 (14–16) 32.9 (31–35) 52.1 (50–54)
New Zealand 1449 12.2 (10–14) 24.7 (22–27) 63.1 (61–66)
Norway 1625 26.1 (24–28) 33.6 (31–36) 40.3 (38–43)
Portugal 1435 26.2 (24–28) 28.5 (26–31) 45.3 (43–48)
Saudi Arabia 974 40.0 (37–43) 33.8 (31–37) 26.2 (23–29)
Spain 1541 24.2 (22–26) 36.2 (34–39) 39.6 (37–42)
Sweden 1254 23.9 (22–26) 37.3 (35–40) 38.8 (36–41)
Taiwan 4773 42.3 (41–44) 32.9 (32–34) 24.8 (24–26)
USA 4587 15.9 (15–17) 22.1 (21–23) 62.0 (61–63)
  1. * Age and gender standardised to the world population 2002 [US Census Bureau 2002; Doll R et al 1966]
  2. † Australia: Age 18–64 only; Hong Kong: Age 20–64 only; Japan: Age 18–39 only; Portugal: Age 40–65 only
  3. ## note that sample sizes differ from Table 1 due to minimal missing data on some physical activity questions