The effect of demographic and lifestyle factors on mode of travel in school-aged children in the UK: a cross-sectional study from Understanding Society

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

The Open Public Health Journal

Authors

Sahar Fadl and Omer Kheir

Publication date

Summary

Background: Increasing levels of physical inactivity is associated with growing trends of childhood obesity. Objective: We aim to study the effect of socio-demographic as well as lifestyle factors on mode of travel to and from school in children from 10 to 15-year-old. Methods: 4,497 school-aged children from the first wave of Understanding Society database. A cross-sectional design was used to examine the relationship between active travel with demographic and lifestyle factors. Results: Multivariate analyses show that children ages 13 to 15 years were more likely to travel actively compared to younger peers (OR=1.92,95%CI:1.65-2.23). Those engaged in sporting activity 3 times or greater than per week were more likely to actively travel compared to those engaged in less than twice per week (OR = 1.21, 95% CI: 1.02 to 1.43) and those eating fast food once or less than per week were more likely to travel actively compared to unhealthy eaters. Conclusion: Sports activity 3 times or greater than per week and eating fast food once or less than per week are positively associated with children being active travellers. © 2017 Fadl and Kheir.

Volume and page numbers

10, 177-186

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874944501710010177

ISSN

16

Subjects

Young People, Education, Health, Sport and Travel

Notes

Open Access; This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode. This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.