Table 1

Descriptive characteristics of included cohorts

NNPASABCEPIC-NorfolkBRHS
Women
(n=1050)
Men
(n=875)
Women
(n=432)
Men
(n=338)
Women
(n=2658)
Men
(n=2009)
Men
(n=940)
Age, mean (SD), years54.9 (10.5)55.4 (9.9)52.6 (10.2)52.5 (10.5)68.2 (6.99)69.0 (7.1)78.2 (4.4)
Counts/min, mean (SD)331 (131)341 (147)342 (216)360 (295)255 (107)272 (129)195 (108)
LPA/day, mean (SD), % of wear time34.6 (8.0)31.4 (8.3)38.8 (9.3)37.2 (9.8)32.4 (7.6)28.9 (7.5)26.3 (8.2)
MVPA/day, mean (SD), % of wear time3.9 (2.6)4.3 (2.9)3.4 (3.0)3.9 (3.1)3.6 (2.57)4.4 (3.2)2.0 (2.1)
Sedentary time/day, mean (SD), % of wear time61.6 (8.7)64.3 (9.0)57.7 (10.2)58.8 (11.0)64.0 (8.7)66.7 (8.9)71.8 (9.1)
BMI, mean (SD), kg/m225.2 (4.2)26.4 (3.4)25.4 (3.8)25.8 (2.9)26.4 (4.25)26.9 (3.6)27.1 (3.7)
Waist circumference, mean (SD), cmnininini89.1 (11.09)99.8 (10.0)99.8 (10.7)
BMI ≥30 kg/m2, n (%)122 (11.6)111 (12.7)50 (11.6)27 (8.0)476 (17.9)337 (16.8)178 (18.9)
Smoking, n (%)
 Never483 (46.0)400 (45.7)177 (40.9)147 (43.6)1581 (59.5)879 (43.8)413 (43.9)
 Former361 (34.4)342 (39.1)133 (30.7)122 (36.2)919 (34.6)1016 (50.6)489 (52.0)
 Current206 (19.6)133 (15.2)123 (28.4)68 (20.2)158 (5.9)114 (5.7)38 (4.0)
Ethnicity, n (%)*
 Whitenininini2644 (99.8)1992 (99.5)916 (99.5)
 Blacknininini0 (0.0)2 (0.1)1 (0.1)
 Othernininini5 (0.2)8 (0.4)4 (0.4)

FHSREGARDSNHANESWHS
Women
(n=1628)
Men
(n=1381)
Women (n=3649)Men
(n=2732)
Women
(n=1453)
Men
(n=1379)
Women
(n=13 968)
Age, mean (SD), years56.2 (11.3)55.5 (10.7)67.8 (8.6)69.3 (8.3)55.5 (11.0)53.4 (10.1)71.7 (5.5)
Counts/min, mean (SD)151 (124)167 (118)86 (64.3)109 (80)280 (121)343 (153)225 (103)
LPA/day, mean (SD), % of wear time21.1 (6.7)21.8 (7.5)16.8 (7.6)17.9 (7.7)40.4 (9.9)39.5 (11.1)32.2 (8.4)
MVPA/day, mean (SD), % of wear time1.9 (2.3)2.2 (2.3)0.8 (1.3)1.2 (1.8)2.1 (2.1)3.5 (2.9)1.7 (1.9)
Sedentary time/day, mean (SD), % of wear time77.1 (7.5)76.1 (8.2)82.4 (8.1)80.9 (8.4)57.5 (10.6)57.0 (12.1)66.1 (9.1)
BMI, mean (SD), kg/m227.4 (5.8)28.9 (4.7)29.0 (6.3)28.3 (4.7)28.9 (6.8)28.7 (4.9)26.4 (4.9)
Waist circumference, mean (SD), cm94.5 (14.5)103.0 (12.3)89.5 (14.9)98.4 (12.0)95.3 (14.7)103.1 (12.9)ni
BMI ≥30 kg/m2, n (%)426 (26.2)460 (33.3)1350 (37.0)787 (28.8)500 (34.4)455 (33.0)2775 (19.9)
Smoking, n (%)
 Never862 (52.9)782 (56.6)2098 (57.5)1150 (42.1)847 (58.3)575 (41.7)7112 (50.9)
 Former641 (39.4)506 (36.6)1179 (32.3)1303 (47.7)371 (25.5)476 (34.5)6379 (45.7)
 Current125 (7.7)93 (6.7)372 (10.2)281 (10.3)235 (16.2)328 (23.8)477 (3.4)
Ethnicity, n (%)
 White1461 (89.7)1261 (91.3)2354 (64.5)1987 (72.7)1101 (75.8)1070 (77.6)13 290 (95.2)
 Black52 (3.2)24 (1.7)1295 (35.5)745 (27.3)148 (10.2)127 (9.2)224 (1.6)
 Other115 (7.1)96 (7.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)203 (14.0)182 (13.2)454 (3.2)
  • All studies used a version of the ActiGraph accelerometers, except REGARDS and FHS which used Actical accelerometers.

  • *Numbers may not sum to total sample due to missing data.

  • ABC, Sweden Attitude, Behaviour and Change study; BMI, body mass index; BRHS, British Regional Heart Study; EPIC-Norfolk, European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Norfolk; FHS, Framingham Heart Study; LPA, light-intensity physical activity; MVPA, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity; NHANES, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study; ni, no information; NNPAS, Norwegian National Physical Activity Survey; REGARDS, REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke; WHS, Women’s Health Study.