A pinboard by
Phidelia Doegah

Research Fellow, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho


A shift primarily from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes is evident. Obesity has been identified as a risk factor for most non-communicable diseases/lifestyle diseases and unhealthy lifestyles such as physical inactivity, poor dietary practices, smoking are associated with obesity and overweight. Though these lifestyle diseases are observed to emerge in old age after long exposure to unhealthy lifestyles, the prevalence of these diseases has been reported amongst the youth in sub-Saharan Africa. Due to its protracted nature it reduces the quality of life and leads to premature death. It is on the basis of these, that this study was carried out to explore misconceptions about physical activity among youth in Ghana. Data was collected using Focus Group Discussions. Results indicate the need to address misconceptions amongst young Ghanaians if physical inactivity a leading risk factor to non-communicable diseases is to be reduced.