Weight loss main motive for people to do physical exercise: Ministry survey

February 10, 2014 - 6:21:45 am
DOHA: Weight loss is the main motive driving people in Qatar to do physical exercise, shows an online survey conducted by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics on the occasion of National Sport Day.

The survey also found a slight increase in the number of people engaging in physical exercise compared to last year.

A total of 1,006 people took part in the survey, 33 percent of them Qataris. Results show that 74 percent of the respondents were sport practitioners, up by two percent compared to last year, and 72 percent of the Qatari participants play sport. 

Of the Qatari practitioners of sport, 41 percent wish to lose weight, followed by those who seek to stay in shape at 32 percent. Among non-Qataris, 46 percent wish to reduce weight through physical activity while 27 percent want to stay fit. In general, more women seek weight loss (45 percent of total female sports practitioners) followed by those seeking weight control (30 percent).

The highest number of sports practitioners (36 percent) in Qatar fall in the 30-39 age group. Among Qataris, the highest - 33 percent- of the respondents practicing sports were in the 20-29 years age group

Walking and jogging are the most practiced sports among Qataris and non-Qataris, accounting for 59 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

The survey indicates that 78 percent of the sports practitioners have a university degree and above and 61 percent of Qataris hold a university diploma and above. The ratio is even higher among Qatari women at 66 percent.

Walking and jogging are most favourite sports for university degree holders- 64 percent of Qataris and 47 percent of non-Qataris practising sport. Forty- nine percent of Qataris spend less than QR1,000 on sports activity, whereas those who spend between QR1,000 and QR5,000 account for 18 percent, and 2 percent spend between QR5,000 and QR10,000, and one percent spend more than 10,000. Thirty percent do not spend at all on exercising. As for non-Qataris, 58 percent spend less than QR1,000 while 7 percent spend between QR5,000 and QR10,000. 

The survey results show that 64 percent of the participants played sport on the previous National Sport Day (February 2013), and 27 percent participated in the organisational works of the Sport Day celebrations. 66 percent of Qataris played sport on the Sport Day, and 23 percent took part in the organisational works of the Sport Day celebrations. 

Thirty three percent of respondents have an excellent impression of the previous Sport Day (2013). Thirty percent of respondents were also impressed about the organisational aspects. In addition, 29 percent see that companies participation is excellent, and 36 percent see it very good. As for the community participation, 57.9 percent said that it is “excellent” and “very good” whereas 70.8 percent see that media coverage is excellent and very good.

The Peninsula