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MEDINA, Catalina; JAUREGUI, Alejandra; CAMPOS-NONATO, Ismael  and  BARQUERA, Simón. Prevalence and trends of physical activity in children and adolescents: results of the Ensanut 2012 and Ensanut MC 2016. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2018, vol.60, n.3, pp.263-271. ISSN 0036-3634.


To describe the prevalence and trends of physical activity (PA) in children and adolescents from Ensanut 2012 and Ensanut MC 2016.

Materials and methods:

Physical activity levels were obtained from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) and the nternational Physical ActivityI (IPAQ) questionnaires for children and adolescents respectively.


More than 80% of the children and 35% of the adolescents in Mexico do not meet the PA recommendations. From 2012-2016, girls and schoolchildren in the rural area showed an increase in participation in organized activities and sports.


The prevalence of PA is low in children and adolescents and the trend has not improved in the last six years.

Keywords : children; national surveys; physical activity; IPAQ; Mexico.

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