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Life course research in physical activity: Pathway to Global Action Plan 2030


Sharma, C and Ahuja, KDK and Kulkarni, B and Byrne, NM and Hills, AP, Life course research in physical activity: Pathway to Global Action Plan 2030, Obesity Reviews ISSN 1467-7881 (2023) [Refereed Article]


Current global trends in physical activity levels demonstrate that the world is not on track to achieve the 2030 target set by the Global Action Plan. The Action Plan posited that physical activity should be an integral component of "daily lives" of all individuals "across the life course".

Potential contributions to achieve global physical activity goals include the utilisation of compositional data analysis and life course epidemiology to provide a framework for the composite nature of physical activity and complex life course relationships. Combining these two traditionally disconnected fields represents a paradigm shift in physical activity research. Here, we discuss how these combined fields enable a reinterpretation of previous research findings, explore their impact on policy, and potential advantages and challenges. Careful consideration needs to be given to the implications of both fields remaining disconnected and the alternate option of consolidation to realise ambitions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical activity, life course, compositional data analysis, Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2030
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiological methods
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Sharma, C (Ms Chitra Sharma)
UTAS Author:Ahuja, KDK (Dr Kiran Ahuja)
UTAS Author:Byrne, NM (Professor Nuala Byrne)
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:155174
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2023-01-31
Last Modified:2023-04-26

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