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Table 4 Physical activitya and daily soda/soft drink consumptionb prevalence in the Pacific Region, GSHS and YRBSS, 2010–2013

From: Overweight, obesity, physical activity and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in adolescents of Pacific islands: results from the Global School-Based Student Health Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS)
  Physical activitya Soft drink consumptionb
  Males Females Males Females
  (95 % CI) (95 % CI) (95 % CI) (95 % CI)
Cook Islands 2011 44.3 34.5 59.7 63.6
Fiji 2010 37.1 (31.8–42.8) 30.0 (24.2–36.6)   
Kiribati 2011 32.8 (27.7–38.3) 21.9 (18.8–25.3) 18.4 (14.0–23.7) 25.6 (22.7–28.7)
Nauru 2011 17.5 12.5   
Niue 2010 41.4   73.9  
Samoa 2011 19.8 (17.1–22.8) 22.1 (19.2–25.2) 54.6 (50.1–59.0) 52.5 (48.6–56.4)
Solomon Islands 2011 30.0 (25.4–35.0) 25.1 (18.0–33.8) 46.4 (39.1–53.7) 42.5 (35.6–49.6)
Tonga 2010 25.6 (21.0–30.9) 25.7 (22.7–29.0) 56.2 (52.0–60.3) 57.8 (54.3–61.1)
Tuvalu 2013    48.5 55.0
Vanuatu 2011 45.7 (32.1–60.0) 46.7 (30.0–64.1) 37.2 (27.1–48.5) 38.5 (30.9–46.8)
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
  Physical activitya Soft drink consumptionb
  Males Females Males Females
  (95 % CI) (95 % CI) (95 % CI) (95 % CI)
American Samoa 2011 27.5 21.7 30.3 38.7
Guam 2013 44.0 (39.7–48.3) 30.2 (24.7–36.3) 18.7 (15.3–22.6) 19.2 (15.5–23.4)
Marshall Islands 2007     
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 2007     
Palau 2011 37.6 35.7 23.7 28.9
  1. Confidence intervals were not applicable to results from the Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Palau, as surveys were designed to include all members of the target population. Confidence intervals were not reported for Tuvalu results
  2. Results for females in Niue were not reported on account of small sample size (less than 20 students)
  3. Physical activity results were not available for Tuvalu, RMI and CNMI. Soft drink consumption results were not available for Fiji, Nauru, RMI and CNMI
  4. Results for CNMI for 2007 were obtained from: Lippe J, Brener N, Kann L. et al. Youth risk behavior surveillance - Pacific Island United States Territories, 2007 MMWR Surveillance Summaries. 2008;57(12):28–56
  5. CI confidence interval
  6. aIn GSHS and YRBSS, this indicator was the proportion of students who were physically active (defined as engaging in any activity that increases the heart rate and makes one get out of breath some of the time) for at least 60 min per day on at least five of more days during the past seven days. Questionnaires for Fiji and Nauru advised students to exclude time spent in physical education/gym class
  7. bGSHS reported the percentage of students who drank carbonated soft drinks one or more times per day during the past 30 days. YRBSS reported the percentage of students who drank a can, bottle or glass of soda or pop one or more times per day during the 7 days before the survey