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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


MAESTRE-MIQUEL, Clara; REGIDOR, Enrique; CUTHILL, Fiona  and  MARTINEZ, David. Educational Inequality in Physical Inactivity in Leisure Time in Spanish Adult Population: differences in Ten Years (2002-2012). Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2015, vol.89, n.3, pp.259-269. ISSN 2173-9110.

Background: Social inequality in health is an increasing phenomenon in the world. The aim was to compare in 2002 and 2012, the magnitude of inequalities in leisure-time physical inactivity by educational level in Spain, but also the trends in health perception, in physically inactive people. Methods: A cross-sectional study from the National Health Survey in Spain in 2002 (n=21,650) and 2012 (n=21,007). The population aged from 25 to 64 years. At the first stage, physical inactivity in leisure-time was the dependent variable, and educational level was the independent variable. At the second stage, self-perception of health in last 12 months was the dependent variable. Logistic regression was adjusted using other variables: age, marital status, employment status and social class of the head of the family. Results: Prevalence of leisure time physical inactivity was in 2012, up to 53.9% (men) and 67.5% (women), in the group aged between 25-44 with primary education. It declined in all age and sex groups in 2012, compared to 2002 (down to 18.7 percentage points). More than three times inactive women in between those who have primary or less education: OR 3.27 (2.35-4.55) in 2012. Bad health perceived in women with less educational level comparing with those with higher education. It also has declined over time: OR 1.45 in 2002 to OR 1.91, in 2012 (45-64 aged group). Conclusions: Although the prevalence of physical inactivity has decreased, inequalities in such behavior have increased in 2012 respect 2002.

Keywords : Physical activity; Sedentary lifestyle; Trends; Health inequalities.

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