The aims of this study were to validate feasible methods for measuring physical activity in population-based studies in Africa and to describe the physical activity levels and its determinants in an urban and a rural Cameroonian population. The data collection phase of the project was carried out over a period of 14 months from October 2005 to December 2006. This period was divided into four stages: training (of local field staff in research methods); pilot-testing; validation study of PAEE measurement; and the main study of physical activity and its determinants (1000 individuals from an urban and rural location in 2 of the 4 geographical regions of Cameroon). A follow-up study is now underway in the same locations in which detailed information on the determinants of physical activity is being collected.
Unit led study with responsibility for data.
MRC Core funding plus Unit-held Wellcome Trust studentship (Felix Assah). On-going preservation and use of data supported by MRC core. Current follow-up field work funded by Intermediate Wellcome Trust Fellowship (Felix Assah).
- Assah F, Ekelund U, Brage S, Mbanya JC, Wareham N. Free-living physical activity energy expenditure is strongly related to glucose intolerance in Cameroonian adults independently of obesity. Diab Care 32(2):367-9, 2009. PMID: 19017776
- Assah F, Ekelund U, Brage S, Corder K, Wright A, Mbanya JC, Wareham N. Predicting physical activity energy expenditure using accelerometry in adults from sub-Sahara Africa. Obesity 17(8):1588-95, 2009. PMID: 19247268
- Assah F, Ekelund U, Brage S, Wright A, Mbanya JC, Wareham NJ. Accuracy and validity of a combined heart rate and motion sensor for the measurement of free-living physical activity energy expenditure in adults in Cameroon. Int J Epid 40(1): 112-20, 2011. PMID: 20529884
- Assah F, Ekelund U, Brage S, Mbanya JC, Wareham NJ. Urbanization, physical activity, and metabolic health in sub-Saharan Africa. Diab Care 34(2): 491-6, 2011. PMID:21270205