Occupational class and physical activity among Japanese employees

Soshi Takao, Norito Kawakami, Tadahiro Ohtsu

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Abstract

We examined the distribution of physical activity among different occupations in Japan. A questionnaire was sent to full-time employees at nine companies in Japan between 1996 and 1998, with an average response rate of 85.2%. Data from 20,654 respondents (17,637 male and 3017 female) were analyzed. We classified the occupations into eight groups according to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (1988). Daily energy expenditure, weekly physical activity, and monthly leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) were measured using a physical activity questionnaire and some additional questions. In males, LTPA was significantly different among occupations, with clerks having greater physical activity than managers and blue-collar workers (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2281-2289
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume57
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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Keywords

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Japan
  • Occupational class
  • Physical activity

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Health(social science)

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Occupational class and physical activity among Japanese employees. / Takao, Soshi; Kawakami, Norito; Ohtsu, Tadahiro.

In: Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 12, 12.2003, p. 2281-2289.

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Takao, Soshi ; Kawakami, Norito ; Ohtsu, Tadahiro. / Occupational class and physical activity among Japanese employees. In: Social Science and Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 57, No. 12. pp. 2281-2289.
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