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Volume 175, 2023International Conference in Innovation on Statistical Models Applied on Management, Humanity and Social Sciences (ICISMAMH2S 2023)
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||17 August 2023|
Correlational relationship between Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior among Moroccan High School Students
1 Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kénitra, Morocco
2 Sports Science Institute, Hassan I University, Settat, Morocco
3 Resources and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kénitra, Morocco
4 Resources and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kénitra, Morocco
5 Resources and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Sciences, Ibn Tofail University, Kénitra, Morocco
Objective: Non-communicable diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide. These risk factors are closely related to physical activity and sedentary behaviors. Therefore, this study aims to determine the prevalence of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors and their association among Moroccan high school students aged 15 to 20 years.
Materials: A sample of 180 students (80 boys and 100 girls), enrolled in high schools in 2019 academic year in the Province of Sidi Kacem, were randomly recruited. A validated self-reported questionnaire was used to assess levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors among participants.
Results: According to the results obtained, 74.2% of boys and 46.9% of girls were physically active. 45.5% of girls and 20% of boys spent more than 2 hours watching television, and 57.3% of girls and 48.5% of boys used sedentary means for more than two hours per day. There were statistically significant negative correlation between levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors.
Conclusion: A large part of the population has a sedentary lifestyle. This lack of physical activity and high prevalence of sedentary behaviors could have a direct impact on health. Additional physical activity and sports sessions are necessary and strongly recommended.
Key words: adolescents / Morocco / physical activity / sedentary lifestyle / sport
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