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Perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity in a nationally representative sample in the European Union

Hans-Joachim Franz Zunft, Dietlinde Friebe, Brigitte Seppelt, Kurt Widhalm, Anne-Marie De Winter UGent, Maria Daniel Vaz de Almeida, John M Kearney and Michael Gibney (1999) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 2(1A). p.153-160
abstract
Objective: To examine the attitudes of consumers, in particular their perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity from all EU member states, and having a measure of prevailing levels of activity, inactivity and self-reported body weight and body shape. Design: Cross-sectional survey using an interview-assisted face-to-face questionnaire. Setting: The survey was conducted between March and April 1997 in the 15 member states of the EU. Subjects: Overall, 15 239 EU subjects, classified according to sex, age (six levels) and highest level of education attained (primary, secondary or tertiary), completed the survey. Sample selection of subjects in each EU member state was quota-controlled to ensure they were nationally representative. Results: The most important motivation for people to participate in physical activity is to maintain good health (42%), to release tension (30%) and to get fit (30%). The importance of the health argument is highest in older persons and in subjects with a primary education level. Only 13% of the EU population (16% of women, 10% of men) perceived losing weight as a benefit of physical exercise. The most important barriers to increase physical activity are work or study commitments (28%) and the subjects’ belief that they are not ‘the sporty type’ (25%). There is considerable between-country variation in the answering pattern within the EU.
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journal title
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
Public Health Nutr.
volume
2
issue
1A
pages
153 - 160
ISSN
1368-9800
DOI
10.1017/S1368980099000208
language
English
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yes
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A2
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1046862
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1046862
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2010-09-28 20:06:45
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  abstract     = {Objective: To examine the attitudes of consumers, in particular their perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity from all EU member states, and having a measure of prevailing levels of activity, inactivity and self-reported body weight and body shape.
Design: Cross-sectional survey using an interview-assisted face-to-face questionnaire.
Setting: The survey was conducted between March and April 1997 in the 15 member states of the EU.
Subjects: Overall, 15 239 EU subjects, classified according to sex, age (six levels) and highest level of education attained (primary, secondary or tertiary), completed the survey. Sample selection of subjects in each EU member state was quota-controlled to ensure they were nationally representative.
Results: The most important motivation for people to participate in physical activity is to maintain good health (42\%), to release tension (30\%) and to get fit (30\%). The importance of the health argument is highest in older persons and in subjects with a primary education level. Only 13\% of the EU population (16\% of women, 10\% of men) perceived losing weight as a benefit of physical exercise. The most important barriers to increase physical activity are work or study commitments (28\%) and the subjects{\textquoteright} belief that they are not {\textquoteleft}the sporty type{\textquoteright} (25\%). There is considerable between-country variation in the answering pattern within the EU.},
  author       = {Zunft, Hans-Joachim Franz and Friebe, Dietlinde and Seppelt, Brigitte and Widhalm, Kurt and De Winter, Anne-Marie and Vaz de Almeida, Maria Daniel and Kearney, John M and Gibney, Michael},
  issn         = {1368-9800},
  journal      = {PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1A},
  pages        = {153--160},
  title        = {Perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity in a nationally representative sample in the European Union},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980099000208},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {1999},
}

Chicago
Zunft, Hans-Joachim Franz, Dietlinde Friebe, Brigitte Seppelt, Kurt Widhalm, Anne-Marie De Winter, Maria Daniel Vaz de Almeida, John M Kearney, and Michael Gibney. 1999. “Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Physical Activity in a Nationally Representative Sample in the European Union.” Public Health Nutrition 2 (1A): 153–160.
APA
Zunft, H.-J. F., Friebe, D., Seppelt, B., Widhalm, K., De Winter, A.-M., Vaz de Almeida, M. D., Kearney, J. M., et al. (1999). Perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity in a nationally representative sample in the European Union. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 2(1A), 153–160.
Vancouver
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Zunft H-JF, Friebe D, Seppelt B, Widhalm K, De Winter A-M, Vaz de Almeida MD, et al. Perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity in a nationally representative sample in the European Union. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 1999;2(1A):153–60.
MLA
Zunft, Hans-Joachim Franz, Dietlinde Friebe, Brigitte Seppelt, et al. “Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Physical Activity in a Nationally Representative Sample in the European Union.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 2.1A (1999): 153–160. Print.