Official expresses alarm over findings of study on physical activity

A University of the West Indies (UWI) official Tuesday expressed shock and alarm over the results of a recent study, which measured the physical activity of Barbadians between the ages of 25 and 54 years old.

The research found that 90 per cent of women did not engage in sufficient physical activity, lecturer at the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) Christina Howitt said in revealing the major findings of the one-week study, conducted back in 2013.

Equally disconcerting was the fact that only 20 per cent knew it, while the remaining 70 per cent “thought they are doing just fine”, Howitt said.

“This is terrible. Nine out of ten women not getting enough activity is pretty shocking. And compared to other populations, these are really high levels. We have to do something about this,” she stressed.

Delivering a presentation at a World Town Planning Day symposium at the Courtyard by Marriott Tuesday morning, the UWI lecturer also revealed that Barbadian men did not fare much better, with 60 per cent of them failing to get the required amount of physical activity, yet only in ten was aware of it.

“So five out of ten Bajan men are inactive, but they think they are doing just fine,” she said.

Addressing the theme, Spatial Planning –– Improving the Nation’s Health and Wellness, Howitt warned against the dangers of interpreting the research to mean men were doing well. Read more

Source: Barbados Today