Leisure time physical inactivity and self-perception of health status in colombian adults from 18 to 64 years old
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Objective: To explore the relationship between leisure time physical inactivity (PI) and self-perceived health status in theColombian population between 18 and 64 years of age reported in the National Nutrition Situation Survey (ENSIN) and NationalDemography and Health Survey (ENDS) 2010.Methods: Cross-sectional analytical study to explore the association between physical inactivity and self-perception of thehealth status of Colombians between 18 and 64 from the National Survey of Nutrition Situation in Colombia (ENSIN) and theNational Demographic and Health Survey (ENDS) 2010.Results: PI explains a regular and poor self-perception of health (OR= 1.37; IC95% 1.10-1.70) in women after adjusting forconfounding factors. Other associated variables included: age, educational level, affiliation to the health system, marital status,living in eastern region and Bogota. PI was not associated with self-perception of health status in men (OR=1.04; IC95% 0.85– 1.29), but age and low educational level did show association.Conclusion: Low levels of leisure time physical activity were associated with regular and poor self-perceived health status inwomen, whereas in men this relationship was not observed.