Inequality of Movement Behaviors in Parents of Preschoolers in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Extended Abstract)

Jie Feng

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Purpose: This study aimed to examine the inequality of movement behaviors among parents of preschoolers in China.

Methods: A total of 2471 parents of 3- to 6-year-olds in six cities in China (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Xuzhou, Xi’an) responded to an online survey from October to December 2020. Socio-demographic information including age, sex, height, weight, education level, and household income was collected. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form was used to measure parents’ walking, moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA), total energy expenditure (TEE), and sitting time. Parents also reported screen time (ST) and sleep duration.

Results: A total of 2004 parents (35.5 ± 4.9 years, 76.3% female) provided valid and complete data. Parents with lower education levels engaged in more physical activity (walking, MVPA, TEE), less sitting time, and less ST. Parents with higher household income had longer sitting time and ST than parents of lower-income families. Parents who worked (vs. never) from home during the pandemic had lower physical activity (walking, MVPA, TEE) and shorter sleep duration. After adjustment of socio-demographic factors, movement behaviors differed across cities. However, no consistent patterns were found across cities.

Conclusions: Socio-demographic factors were associated with parents’ movement behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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