Travel mode, transportation-related physical activity, and risk of overweight in Taiwanese adults

Yung Liao, Hsiu Hua Tsai, Ho-Seng Wang, Ching-Ping Lin, Min Chen Wu, Jui-Fu Chen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: Whether active travel and public transportation, as opposed to private vehicle use, are related to physical activity levels and the risk of overweight in Asian countries is unclear. Thus, this study examined the associations of transportation-related physical activity involving three modes of travel and the risk of overweight among Taiwanese adults. Methods: Data from 51,949 Taiwanese adults were used. The examined variables were objectively-measured height and body mass, self-reported main mode of travel (private vehicle, public transport, active travel), and time spent walking and cycling for transportation using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire-long version. Logistic regression modeling was performed. Results: After adjustment for potential confounders, public transportation and active travel were found to be significantly associated with a higher probability of engaging in 150 min/wk of transportation-related physical activity (odds ratio (OR)=2.35, 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.21, 2.49; OR=6.31, 95% CI: 5.95, 6.69) and a lower risk of overweight (OR=0.84, 95% CI: 0.79, 0.90; OR=0.83, 95% CI: 0.78, 0.88) compared with traveling by private motor vehicle. Similar patterns were observed in men and women. Conclusions: Using public transport might be as effective as active transportation to accumulate transport-related physical activity to achieve health-enhancing level and to be associated with lower odds of being overweight in Taiwanese adults. Encouraging public transportation use could promote physical activity and be considered a promising method of preventing overweight in both men and women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-225
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Transport and Health
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Fingerprint

travel
Exercise
public transportation
confidence
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
public transport
Body Height
Active Biological Transport
Motor Vehicles
motor vehicle
Health Status
Walking
logistics
Logistics
Logistic Models
regression
Health
questionnaire
health

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Overweight
  • Physical activity
  • Travel mode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Transportation
  • Pollution
  • Safety Research
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this

Travel mode, transportation-related physical activity, and risk of overweight in Taiwanese adults. / Liao, Yung; Tsai, Hsiu Hua; Wang, Ho-Seng; Lin, Ching-Ping; Wu, Min Chen; Chen, Jui-Fu.

In: Journal of Transport and Health, Vol. 3, No. 2, 01.06.2016, p. 220-225.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{848f779d36a64b45a39983998b4086a1,
title = "Travel mode, transportation-related physical activity, and risk of overweight in Taiwanese adults",
abstract = "Background: Whether active travel and public transportation, as opposed to private vehicle use, are related to physical activity levels and the risk of overweight in Asian countries is unclear. Thus, this study examined the associations of transportation-related physical activity involving three modes of travel and the risk of overweight among Taiwanese adults. Methods: Data from 51,949 Taiwanese adults were used. The examined variables were objectively-measured height and body mass, self-reported main mode of travel (private vehicle, public transport, active travel), and time spent walking and cycling for transportation using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire-long version. Logistic regression modeling was performed. Results: After adjustment for potential confounders, public transportation and active travel were found to be significantly associated with a higher probability of engaging in 150 min/wk of transportation-related physical activity (odds ratio (OR)=2.35, 95{\%} confidence interval (CI): 2.21, 2.49; OR=6.31, 95{\%} CI: 5.95, 6.69) and a lower risk of overweight (OR=0.84, 95{\%} CI: 0.79, 0.90; OR=0.83, 95{\%} CI: 0.78, 0.88) compared with traveling by private motor vehicle. Similar patterns were observed in men and women. Conclusions: Using public transport might be as effective as active transportation to accumulate transport-related physical activity to achieve health-enhancing level and to be associated with lower odds of being overweight in Taiwanese adults. Encouraging public transportation use could promote physical activity and be considered a promising method of preventing overweight in both men and women.",
keywords = "Adults, Overweight, Physical activity, Travel mode",
author = "Yung Liao and Tsai, {Hsiu Hua} and Ho-Seng Wang and Ching-Ping Lin and Wu, {Min Chen} and Jui-Fu Chen",
year = "2016",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.jth.2016.02.012",
language = "English",
volume = "3",
pages = "220--225",
journal = "Journal of Transport and Health",
issn = "2214-1405",
publisher = "Elsevier BV",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Travel mode, transportation-related physical activity, and risk of overweight in Taiwanese adults

AU - Liao, Yung

AU - Tsai, Hsiu Hua

AU - Wang, Ho-Seng

AU - Lin, Ching-Ping

AU - Wu, Min Chen

AU - Chen, Jui-Fu

PY - 2016/6/1

Y1 - 2016/6/1

N2 - Background: Whether active travel and public transportation, as opposed to private vehicle use, are related to physical activity levels and the risk of overweight in Asian countries is unclear. Thus, this study examined the associations of transportation-related physical activity involving three modes of travel and the risk of overweight among Taiwanese adults. Methods: Data from 51,949 Taiwanese adults were used. The examined variables were objectively-measured height and body mass, self-reported main mode of travel (private vehicle, public transport, active travel), and time spent walking and cycling for transportation using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire-long version. Logistic regression modeling was performed. Results: After adjustment for potential confounders, public transportation and active travel were found to be significantly associated with a higher probability of engaging in 150 min/wk of transportation-related physical activity (odds ratio (OR)=2.35, 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.21, 2.49; OR=6.31, 95% CI: 5.95, 6.69) and a lower risk of overweight (OR=0.84, 95% CI: 0.79, 0.90; OR=0.83, 95% CI: 0.78, 0.88) compared with traveling by private motor vehicle. Similar patterns were observed in men and women. Conclusions: Using public transport might be as effective as active transportation to accumulate transport-related physical activity to achieve health-enhancing level and to be associated with lower odds of being overweight in Taiwanese adults. Encouraging public transportation use could promote physical activity and be considered a promising method of preventing overweight in both men and women.

AB - Background: Whether active travel and public transportation, as opposed to private vehicle use, are related to physical activity levels and the risk of overweight in Asian countries is unclear. Thus, this study examined the associations of transportation-related physical activity involving three modes of travel and the risk of overweight among Taiwanese adults. Methods: Data from 51,949 Taiwanese adults were used. The examined variables were objectively-measured height and body mass, self-reported main mode of travel (private vehicle, public transport, active travel), and time spent walking and cycling for transportation using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire-long version. Logistic regression modeling was performed. Results: After adjustment for potential confounders, public transportation and active travel were found to be significantly associated with a higher probability of engaging in 150 min/wk of transportation-related physical activity (odds ratio (OR)=2.35, 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.21, 2.49; OR=6.31, 95% CI: 5.95, 6.69) and a lower risk of overweight (OR=0.84, 95% CI: 0.79, 0.90; OR=0.83, 95% CI: 0.78, 0.88) compared with traveling by private motor vehicle. Similar patterns were observed in men and women. Conclusions: Using public transport might be as effective as active transportation to accumulate transport-related physical activity to achieve health-enhancing level and to be associated with lower odds of being overweight in Taiwanese adults. Encouraging public transportation use could promote physical activity and be considered a promising method of preventing overweight in both men and women.

KW - Adults

KW - Overweight

KW - Physical activity

KW - Travel mode

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84962501125&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84962501125&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.jth.2016.02.012

DO - 10.1016/j.jth.2016.02.012

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84962501125

VL - 3

SP - 220

EP - 225

JO - Journal of Transport and Health

JF - Journal of Transport and Health

SN - 2214-1405

IS - 2

ER -