A life course examination of the physical environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour: A “Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity” (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review

Angela Carlin, Camille Perchoux, Anna Puggina, Katina Aleksovska, Christoph Buck, Con Burns, Greet Cardon, Simon Chantal, Donatella Ciarapica, Giancarlo Condello, Tara Coppinger, Cristina Cortis, Sara D'Haese, De Craemer Marieke, Andrea Di Blasio, Sylvia Hansen, Licia Lacoviello, Johann Issartel, Pascal Izzicupo, Lina JaeschkeFiona Chun Man Ling, Martina Kanning, Aileen Kennedy, Jeroen Lakerveld, Agnes Luzak, Giorgio Napolitano, Julie-Anne Nazare, Tobias Pischon, Angela Polito, Alessandra Sannella, Holger Schulz, Rhona Sohun, Astrid Steinbrecher, Wolfgang Schlicht, Ricciardi Walter, Ciaran MacDonncha, Laura Capranica, Stefania Boccia

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Abstract

Background
Participation in regular physical activity is associated with a multitude of health benefits
across the life course. However, many people fail to meet PA recommendations. Despite a
plethora of studies, the evidence regarding the environmental (physical) determinants of
physical activity remains inconclusive.
Objective
To identify the physical environmental determinants that influence PA across the life course.
Methods
An online systematic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, ISI Web of Science,
Scopus and SPORTDiscus. The search was limited to studies published in English (January
2004 to April 2016). Only systematic literature reviews (SLRs) and meta-analyses (MAs) of
observational studies, that investigated the association between physical determinants and
physical activity outcomes, were eligible for inclusion. The extracted data were assessed on
the importance of determinants, strength of evidence and methodological quality.
Results
The literature search identified 28 SLRs and 3 MAs on 67 physical environmental characteristics potentially related to physical activity that were eligible for inclusion. Among preschool children, a positive association was reported between availability of backyard
space and outdoor toys/equipment in the home and overall physical activity. The availability of physical activity programs and equipment within schools, and neighbourhood features such as pedestrian and cyclist safety structure were positively associated with
physical activity in children and adolescents. Negative street characteristics, for example,
lack of sidewalks and streetlights, were negatively associated with physical activity in
adults. Inconsistent associations were reported for the majority of reviewed determinants
in adults.
Conclusion
This umbrella SLR provided a comprehensive overview of the physical environment determinants of physical activity across the life course and has highlighted, particularly amongst
youth, a number of key determinants that may be associated with overall physical activity.
Given the limited evidence drawn mostly from cross-sectional studies, longitudinal studies
are needed to further explore these associations.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0182083
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume12
Issue number8
Early online date7 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Aug 2017

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Keywords

  • physical environment
  • determinants
  • physical activity

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Carlin, Angela ; Perchoux, Camille ; Puggina, Anna ; Aleksovska, Katina ; Buck, Christoph ; Burns, Con ; Cardon, Greet ; Chantal, Simon ; Ciarapica, Donatella ; Condello, Giancarlo ; Coppinger, Tara ; Cortis, Cristina ; D'Haese, Sara ; Marieke, De Craemer ; Di Blasio, Andrea ; Hansen, Sylvia ; Lacoviello, Licia ; Issartel, Johann ; Izzicupo, Pascal ; Jaeschke, Lina ; Chun Man Ling, Fiona ; Kanning, Martina ; Kennedy, Aileen ; Lakerveld, Jeroen ; Luzak, Agnes ; Napolitano, Giorgio ; Nazare, Julie-Anne ; Pischon, Tobias ; Polito, Angela ; Sannella, Alessandra ; Schulz, Holger ; Sohun, Rhona ; Steinbrecher, Astrid ; Schlicht, Wolfgang ; Walter, Ricciardi ; MacDonncha, Ciaran ; Capranica, Laura ; Boccia, Stefania. / A life course examination of the physical environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour: A “Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity” (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review. In: PLoS ONE. 2017 ; Vol. 12, No. 8. pp. 1-26.
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A life course examination of the physical environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour: A “Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity” (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review. / Carlin, Angela; Perchoux, Camille; Puggina, Anna; Aleksovska, Katina; Buck, Christoph; Burns, Con; Cardon, Greet; Chantal, Simon; Ciarapica, Donatella; Condello, Giancarlo; Coppinger, Tara; Cortis, Cristina; D'Haese, Sara; Marieke, De Craemer; Di Blasio, Andrea; Hansen, Sylvia; Lacoviello, Licia; Issartel, Johann; Izzicupo, Pascal; Jaeschke, Lina; Chun Man Ling, Fiona; Kanning, Martina; Kennedy, Aileen; Lakerveld, Jeroen; Luzak, Agnes; Napolitano, Giorgio; Nazare, Julie-Anne; Pischon, Tobias; Polito, Angela; Sannella, Alessandra; Schulz, Holger; Sohun, Rhona; Steinbrecher, Astrid; Schlicht, Wolfgang; Walter, Ricciardi; MacDonncha, Ciaran; Capranica, Laura; Boccia, Stefania.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 12, No. 8, e0182083, 07.08.2017, p. 1-26.

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AU - Puggina, Anna

AU - Aleksovska, Katina

AU - Buck, Christoph

AU - Burns, Con

AU - Cardon, Greet

AU - Chantal, Simon

AU - Ciarapica, Donatella

AU - Condello, Giancarlo

AU - Coppinger, Tara

AU - Cortis, Cristina

AU - D'Haese, Sara

AU - Marieke, De Craemer

AU - Di Blasio, Andrea

AU - Hansen, Sylvia

AU - Lacoviello, Licia

AU - Issartel, Johann

AU - Izzicupo, Pascal

AU - Jaeschke, Lina

AU - Chun Man Ling, Fiona

AU - Kanning, Martina

AU - Kennedy, Aileen

AU - Lakerveld, Jeroen

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AU - Napolitano, Giorgio

AU - Nazare, Julie-Anne

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AU - Polito, Angela

AU - Sannella, Alessandra

AU - Schulz, Holger

AU - Sohun, Rhona

AU - Steinbrecher, Astrid

AU - Schlicht, Wolfgang

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