• Decreasing physical activity levels across religious Sikh male South asian migrant population in Kent, UK: A public health concern

      Sarkar, Swrajit; Ellahi, Basma; Zotor, Francis B.; Amuna, Paul; Leeds Trinity University; University of Chester; University of Health and Allied Sciences; University of Greenwich (SAGE, 2017-10-09)
      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. 91% of the subjects were classified as overweight. Mean physical activity level (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.