Decreasing Physical Activity Levels across Religious Sikh Male South Asian Migrant Population in Kent, UK: A Public Health Concern

Authors: Sarkar, S., Ellahi, B., Zotor, F.B. and Amuna, P.

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Journal: Journal of Health Management

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 1-14

Publisher: Sage

DOI: 10.1177/0972063417727612

Physical activity (PA) plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

We investigated intergenerational physical activity level (PAL) among first and second generation Sikh Punjabi male subjects (n = 137), recruited from two Sikh temples in Medway, UK. Employing a crosssectional survey PA was quantified using the validated Global PA Questionnaire (GPAQ). Data were analysed using SPSS 20 and Epi Info software. Ninety-one per cent of the subjects were classified as overweight. Mean PAL range was sedentary to low levels of PA (1.45–1.60). Comparisons between first and second generation Punjabi male subjects showed that the two groups are equally culpable in not engaging in work-related or recreational PA, but for the second generation this is significantly lower.

Low PAL is a contributory factor to increased risk and prevalence of NCDs among this population and a public health concern. Efforts to increase PA in this group should continue.

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Authors: Sarkar, S., Ellahi, B., Zotor, F.B. and Amuna, P.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29851/

Journal: Journal of Health Management

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 610-624

eISSN: 0973-0729

ISSN: 0972-0634

DOI: 10.1177/0972063417727612

© 2017, © 2017 Indian Institute of Health Management Research. Physical activity (PA) plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). We investigated intergenerational physical activity level (PAL) among first and second generation Sikh Punjabi male subjects (n = 137), recruited from two Sikh temples in Medway, UK. Employing a cross-sectional survey PA was quantified using the validated Global PA Questionnaire (GPAQ). Data were analysed using SPSS 20 and Epi Info software. Ninety-one per cent of the subjects were classified as overweight. Mean PAL range was sedentary to low levels of PA (1.45–1.60). Comparisons between first and second generation Punjabi male subjects showed that the two groups are equally culpable in not engaging in work-related or recreational PA, but for the second generation this is significantly lower. Low PAL is a contributory factor to increased risk and prevalence of NCDs among this population and a public health concern. Efforts to increase PA in this group should continue.

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