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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample (n = 128,602)

From: Macroeconomic, demographic and human developmental correlates of physical activity and sitting time among South American adults

  Country
Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Peru Uruguay
Men Sample (n) 12,255 22,798 1400 6102 8050 3883 1075
Age group 18-34y 46.2 (44.4–47.9) 44.1 (42.9–45.2) 38.9 (34.8–43.1) 46.7 (45.1–48.3) 52.6 (50.7–54.6) 44.6 (42.5–46.7) 42.3 (38.5–46.2)
35-49y 31.3 (29.7–32.9) 31.4 (30.4–32.5) 31.3 (27.5–35.3) 32.5 (31.1–34.1) 32.6 (30.9–34.3) 33.4 (31.5–35.3) 28.8 (25.4–32.3)
50-64y 22.6 (21.2–24.0) 24.5 (23.5–25.5) 29.9 (26.2–33.7) 20.8 (19.5–22.1) 14.8 (13.2–16.5) 22.1 (20.4–23.8) 28.9 (25.8–32.3)
Educational status No formal education 1.0 (0.7–1.5) 4.4 (4.0–4.9) 0.3 (0.1–0.7) 2.3 (1.9–2.8) 0.8 (0.6–1.1) 1.4 (1.1–1.8) 1.4 (0.7–2.9)
Less than secondary 46.9 (45.1–48.6) 42.3 (41.2–43.5) 17.1 (14.4–20.1) 24.0 (22.7–25.3) 76.9 (74.6–79.0) 34.0 (32.3–35.9) 41.6 (37.9–45.5)
Secondary education 38.7 (37.0–40.0) 39.5 (38.4–40.6) 62.1 (57.9–66.0) 57.3 (55.7–58.9) 3.5 (2.9–4.3) 44.5 (42.4–46.5) 36.1 (32.6–39.8)
College or more 13.5 (12.4–14.7) 13.8 (13.1–14.6) 20.6 (17.2–24.4) 16.4 (15.2–17.7) 18.8 (16.8–21.0) 20.1 (18.3–21.9) 20.8 (17.9–24.1)
Physical activity Leisure PA 34.3 (32.7–35.9) 22.1 (21.2–23.1) 23.9 (20.5–27.8) 24.0 (22.7–25.4) 23.6 (22.0–25.3) 12.8 (11.5–14.3) 29.9 (26.6–33.6)
Transport PA 59.9 (58.0–61.8) 48.5 (47.4–49.6) 68.9 (64.9–72.6) 79.6 (78.3–80.8) 13.8 (12.5–15.3) 68.0 (65.9–69.9)
Occupational PA 27.6 (26.6–28.7) 49.1 (44.9–53.3) 65.2 (63.1–67.3)
Total PA 62.7 (61.0–64.4) 60.4 (59.3–61.5) 78.1 (74.6–81.3) 61.7 (60.1–63.2) 67.7 (65.8–69.4) 78.2 (76.2–80.1)
Sitting time (4 h)   59.6 (57.9–61.3) 12.4 (11.7–13.1) 39.1 (35.0–43.3) 78.0 (76.3–79.6)
Women Sample (n) 14,677 29,692 2466 8106 11,833 4937 1328
Age group 18-34y 44.5 (42.9–46.1) 41.7 (40.7–42.7) 36.7 (33.4–40.3) 43.2 (41.8–44.5) 51.1 (49.6–52.5) 42.0 (40.2–43.8) 38.5 (35.1–41.9)
35-49y 31.4 (30.0–32.9) 32.8 (31.9–33.8) 33.0 (29.7–36.5) 34.5 (33.2–35.8) 33.8 (32.3–35.3) 34.3 (32.6–36.0) 33.1 (29.9–36.5)
50-64y 24.1 (22.9–25.4) 25.5 (24.6–26.4) 30.3 (27.2–33.6) 22.3 (21.2–23.5) 15.1 (13.7–16.7) 23.7 (22.2–25.4) 28.4 (25.6–31.4)
Educational status No formal education 0.7 (0.6–1.0) 4.1 (3.7–4.4) 0.8 (0.3–2.0) 2.5 (2.2–2.9) 2.0 (1.6–2.4) 6.4 (5.7–7.2) 1.2 (0.6–2.3)
Less than secondary 40.3 (38.7–41.8) 38.2 (37.3–39.2) 21.3 (18.6–24.1) 24.5 (23.4–25.7) 75.4 (73.7–77.1) 40.2 (38.5–42.0) 41.7 (38.3–45.2)
Secondary education 39.8 (38.3–41.4) 41.3 (40.3–42.3) 63.6 (60.2–66.8) 57.2 (55.8–58.5) 3.8 (3.3–4.4) 34.9 (33.2–36.7) 36.9 (33.7–40.3)
College or more 19.2 (18.0–20.4) 16.4 (15.6–17.2) 14.3 (12.1–16.9) 15.8 (14.8–16.9) 18.8 (17.3–20.4) 18.4 (17.0–20.0) 20.2 (17.6–23.0)
Physical activity Leisure PA (≥ 150 min/wk) 24.5 (23.2–25.8) 18.7 (17.9–19.5) 13.8 (11.4–16.5) 13.0 (12.1–13.9) 7.7 (6.8–8.6) 4.7 (4.0–5.5) 21.8 (19.2–24.6)
Transport PA (≥ 10 min/wk) 67.2 (65.4–68.8) 53.9 (52.9–54.9) 66.3 (62.9–69.6) 76.6 (75.5–77.8) 4.1 (3.5–4.8) 71.5 (69.8–73.1)
Occupational PA (≥ 10 min/wk) 9.8 (9.2–10.4) 37.2 (33.7–40.8) 38.9 (37.2–40.7)
Total PA (≥ 150 min/wk) 57.7 (56.1–59.2) 50.9 (49.9–51.9) 63.7 (60.2–67.1) 45.8 (44.5–47.2) 49.4 (47.7–51.0) 62.2 (60.4–64.0)
Sitting time (4 h)   57.3 (55.7–58.8) 16.9 (16.2–17.7) 31.7 (28.5–35.2) 79.5 (78.0–80.9)
  1. Values are presented in percentages and 95% confidence intervals. PA, physical activity