Association between Physical Activity and Health Related Anthropometric Indices of Women


Zahra Hojjati 1 , * , Vahideh Alipour 2

1 Assistant Pofessor Department of Physical Education, Islamic Azad University, Rasht Branch, Rasht, Iran.

2 MSc of Physical Education, Islamic Azad University Guilan Science and Research Branch, Guilan, Iran.

How to Cite: Hojjati Z, Alipour V. Association between Physical Activity and Health Related Anthropometric Indices of Women, Hormozgan Med J. 2014 ; 18(2):e87825.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 18 (2); e87825
Published Online: February 06, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 28, 2012
Accepted: February 06, 2013


Introduction: Physical activity is the most important factor for health related quality of life.
This study aimed to determine physical activity and its association with some anthropometric
characteristics of the female staffs of Islamic Azad University of Lahijan.
Methods: Female staffs of Islamic Azad University of Lahijan participated in this study.
Physical activity of the participants was assessed with RAPA questionnaire. Then some
anthropometric characteristics consisted of Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist to Hip Ratio
(WHR) were assessed.
Results: The results represented low points of physical activity levels in this group that may
be the cause of progression in chronic disease related to inactivity. On the other hand about
46.6 percent of the participants were overweight or obese. WHR in this group were high
(about 80% of participants' WHR were up to 0.85). There was no any significant association
between the levels of physical activity or anthropometric indices with graduation levels.
Negative significant relationship was observed between BMI and WHR with physical activity
(Pvalue<0.05). There was positive and significant association between BMI and WHR of the
participants (Pvalue<0.05).
Conclusion: These findings showed the importance of education, information and
. proper physical activity in escalating anthropometric characteristics of the females



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