Prevalence of Sedentary Lifestyle among Bankers in Ilorin Metropolis

  • Olabanji O Jogunola 1Department of Physiotherapy, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. Ilorin. Kwara State.
  • A O Awoyemi
Keywords: Metabolic equivalents, Sedentary Lifestyle, Physical activity, Sedentary Index


Background: Many studies have shown the health burden of a sedentary lifestyle and the world health organization (WHO) rates inadequate physical activities as one of the three major threats to modern health alongside cigarette smoking and poor nutrition.

Objective: The main goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of sedentary lifestyle among bankers in Ilorin metropolis and to assess the main characteristic of sedentary people.

Methods: Two hundred and seventy bankers from 18 banks within the metropolis were randomly sampled in which two hundred and twenty eight bankers responded. Sedentary bankers were defined as those in the two lower quantities of the ratio percentage sedentary lifestyle/ percentage total activity. The data was collected using structured self administered questionairre and analyzed using Epi Info computer software (version 3.2.2). chi- square was used to determine the correlation of sedentary lifestyle with the socio-demographic variables of the respondents. (age, gender, body mass index, smoking status, marital status) and years of experience of the bankers in banking profession.

Results: The mean age of the bankers was 30.39 (SD 7.53) ranging between 21 and 56 years, 136(59.6%) were males while 92(40.4%) were females. The mean basal metabolic index of the participants was 25.77 (SD 4.81). One hundred and seventy four(76.3%) of the bankers were within their first 5 years in the banking sector, while 30(13.2%), 8(3.5%), and 16(7.0%) had spent 6-10, 11-15, 15 years and above respectively in the banking sector. From the findings of this research, the prevalence of sedentary lifestyle among bankers in Ilorin metropolis was 29.6%. The prevalence was also higher among females, obese, ex-smokers, widowed and individuals that had spent over 15 years in the banking industry.

Conclusion: The prevalence of sedentary lifestyle among bankers is high and if this prevalence cuts across the Nigerian populations, it becomes a public health burden and urgent preventive strategies will then be necessary.


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Jogunola, O. O., & Awoyemi, A. O. (2012). Prevalence of Sedentary Lifestyle among Bankers in Ilorin Metropolis. Nigerian Journal of Medical Rehabilitation, 15(1.2), 44-50.
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