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Physical Inactivity and Other Health Risks Among Australian Males in Less-Skilled Occupations

Veitch, Jenny BAppSc HM(Hons); Salmon, Jo BA, BBSc(Hons); Clavisi, Ornella BSc(Hons), MPH; Owen, Neville PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: September 1999 - Volume 41 - Issue 9 - p 794-798
Original Articles

Male workers in less-skilled occupations have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, compared with higher-skilled workers. A representative population sample of Australian male workers was used to compare physical activity levels and selected cardiovascular disease risk factors in less-skilled versus professional and skilled workers. Workers in the less-skilled occupational categories reported significantly more vigorous work and home-based activity than did those in the professional and skilled categories. In multivariate comparisons, cigarette smoking was the only factor that discriminated between the less-skilled versus the professional and skilled employees. Although worksites can potentially provide health-promoting physical activity options for higher-risk groups, our findings suggest that smoking and possibly overweight are risk factors that are more strongly present in less-skilled occupations.

From the School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia.

Address correspondence to: Ms Jo Salmon, School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Australia 3125.

© 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.