National Institute for Health Research

Islamic Repulic of IRAN

   8/24/2020

Health-Enhancing Physical Activity in Islamic Republic of Iran

The results of the national STEPwise surveillance studies of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran has indicated that during the years 2006 to 2016, the percentage of individuals in the community with insufficient physical activity has been doubled. The prevalence of insufficient physical activity was 31% in 2006, and has reached to 56% in 2016. However, the global prevalence of insufficient physical activity has not increased in the mentioned 10 years and has been around 25%.

According to the results of national STEPwise surveillance, the prevalence of insufficient physical activity in women was 37% in 2006 and was 63% in 2016, and the prevalence of insufficient physical activity in men was 22% in 2006 and was 46% in 2016. During 2006 to 2016 years, the prevalence of insufficient physical activity in women has always been higher compared to men, and  prevalence of insufficient physical activity in women has increased with a steady trend over the past ten years.

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