Like Mother, like Son: Physical Activity, Commuting, and Associated Demographic Factors

Caroline Brand, Cezane Reuter, Arieli Dias, Jorge Mota, Michael Duncan, Anelise Reis Gaya, Luiza Reis, Jane Dagmar Pollo Renner, Emilio Villa-Gonzalez

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Abstract

A mother’s healthy conduct may lead to the healthy conduct of their children. Thus, this study aimed to verify the role of demographic factors in the relationship between mothers’ physical activity (PA) and commuting to work with children and adolescent’s PA and commuting to school. This cross-sectional study comprised 1421 children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years and 1421 mothers, from Brazil. PA, commuting, socioeconomic status (SES), skin color/ethnicity, and living area were evaluated by questionnaire. Logistic binary regression models were used. Results indicated that mothers’ PA and commuting were associated with children and adolescent’s PA and commuting to school in crude and adjusted models. Considering the role of the demographic factors, an association was only observed for girls in the relationship between mother’s PA with children’s PA. In adolescents, an association was observed in both high/low SES, boys/girls, and rural/urban areas. Regarding children and adolescent active commuting to school, there was an association with mothers commuting. All demographic factors were strongly associated, except for rural areas. Therefore, mothers’ PA as well as commuting to work are associated with children and adolescent’s PA and commuting to school. Sex, living area, and SES are the related demographic factors
Original languageEnglish
Article number 5631
JournalSustainability
Volume12
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2020

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Keywords

  • : parent-child relations
  • socioeconomic factors
  • transportation

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    Brand, C., Reuter, C., Dias, A., Mota, J., Duncan, M., Reis Gaya, A., ... Villa-Gonzalez, E. (2020). Like Mother, like Son: Physical Activity, Commuting, and Associated Demographic Factors. Sustainability, 12(14), [ 5631]. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145631