Qazi Noor Ul Wahab Department of Human Nutrition, Agriculture University, Peshawar,
Zia Ud Din Department of Human Nutrition, Agriculture University, Peshawar,
Muhammad Jahanzeb Department of Psychology, University of Peshawar,
Saleem Ullah Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Muhammad Abbas Department of Human Nutrition, Agriculture University, Peshawar,


: Background: Burnout and physical activity (PA) are important determinants of health. The level of burnout and PA of university teachers in Pakistan is not well established. The main objective of the present study was to determine prevalence of burnout and PA in university teachers. Methods: This partly convenience and non-probabilistic study was conducted in 2016-2021 in Peshawar, Pakistan. Sample of university teachers (n=505; M/F=343/162) was drawn from the population of teachers from 14 public/private universities in Peshawar using a simple random method. Data were collected on these parameters: socio-demographics, anthropometrics including weight, height and body mass index (BMI), Burnout using Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-ES) and PA level. Global PA Questionnaire developed by WHO (GPAQ-WHO) was used for PA assessment. Results: The results demonstrated that 19% of university teachers suffered from burnout syndrome with majority of those of younger age (<30 yrs) with job experience <10 years. The mean PA for all the respondents was 955.1 MET minutes/week with significant differences in PA levels of male and female and teachers from public vs. private universities (p, for all trends < 0.05). The proportion of physically active university teachers was 63.6% (95%CI 56.6 to 68.2), with a higher proportion of university teachers without Burnout Syndrome being physically active than those Burnout Syndrome (73.5% (95%CI 68.1 to 79.3) vs. 21.6% (95% CI 16.5 to 24.6). Only 36.4% (95% CI 26.6- 44.2) of university teachers had recommended levels of PA with differences. In the general sociodemographic variables, all other variables except ‘gender’ were significantly associated with burnout (p, for all trends <0.05). Conclusion: In conclusion, university teachers suffer from work-related burnout syndrome. University teachers with low PA, of female gender and from public universities were the most affected.


:burnout syndrome, physical activity, university teachers

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