Disparities in meeting physical activity guidelines for Asian Americans in two metropolitan areas in the United States
Published Date:May 14 2015
Source:Ann Epidemiol. 25(9):656-660.e2.
Guidelines As Topic
Health Status Disparities
New York City
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4547861
Funding:P60 MD000538/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
P60MD000538/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
U48DP005008/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
UL1TR000067/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
Physical activity (PA) levels in Asian American adults may be lower than other racial/ethnic groups. This analysis tested the hypothesis that Asian Americans are less likely to meet PA guidelines than other racial/ethnic groups regardless of location of residence.
The New York City (NYC) Community Health Survey (2010, 2012) and Los Angeles County (LAC) Health Survey (2011) are cross-sectional surveys conducted with similar sampling strategies (NYC: n=17,462; LAC: n=8,036). Meeting PA guidelines was calculated using self-reported moderate or vigorous minutes/week; multivariable regression models adjusted for demographics, insurance, nativity and language spoken at home. Data were weighted to be representative of their respective geographies.
In both areas, Asian Americans had a low prevalence of meeting PA guidelines (NYC: 42.7 [39.2-46.3]; LAC: 55.8 [51.2-60.2]). Other racial/ethnic groups were more likely to meet PA guidelines versus Asian Americans after adjustment for covariates in NYC (white OR: 1.35 [1.09-1.68]; black OR: 1.61 [1.28-2.02]; Hispanic OR: 2.14 [1.74-2.62]) and in LAC (white OR: 1.45 [1.13-1.86]; Hispanic OR: 1.71 [1.32-2.22]).
Asian Americans were less likely to meet PA guidelines compared to other racial/ethnic groups in NYC and LAC. Description of cultural and neighborhood-level factors and of types of PA in specific Asian subgroups is needed.
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