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Physical Inactivity. Statistic Globally and in Australia!

It is upsetting to know that up to 95% of all issues related to physical, mental and emotional wellbeing  is behaviral. This means that there is so much we can do for ourselves to either prevent or manage the symptoms linked to heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety and alike.

Even with this knowledge, the statistics look grim. The below are stats taken back in 2012-2014.I can only imagine what the statistics say of today?

These stats arn’t meant to instill fear or worry, but rather a knowing of  the impact that we can have on the quality of our life and the lives of others.

Are we simply going to be another statistic or can we together buck the trend and get busy raising the standards of our lives.

What I am about to share with you are statistics that we can influence in a positive way. Statistics that are 90% behavioural, which means within our control.

If you, someone you know or your organization is looking for ways to incorporate work-life balance, ways to be active, a perception of care and genuine happiness and success feel free to contact us.

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour…

Key Facts and Figures – Globally

  • Physical inactivity (low levels of physical activity) is the fourth leading cause of death due to non-communicable disease (NCDs) worldwide (heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers) – contributing to over three million preventable deaths annually (6% of deaths globally).
  • Physical inactivity is estimated to be the main cause for approximately 21–25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and approximately 30% of ischaemic heart disease burden.
  • Physical inactivity is the second greatest contributor, behind tobacco smoking, to the cancer burden in Australia.

Melbourne Corporate Health’s onsite fitness programs makes exercise easier and more convenient.

Source: Global Health Risks: mortality ad burden of disease attributable to selected major risks. World Health Organization, 2009.

  • In 2003, physical inactivity accounted for approximately 6.6% of the disease burden in the Australian population.

Source: Begg S, Vos T, Barker B, Stevenson C, Stanley L, Lopez AD, 2007. The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003. PHE 82. Canberra: AIHW.

Key Facts and Figures – In Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has recently released detailed results from the 2011-12 Australian Health Survey regarding the levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour of the Australian population.

Physical Activity

  • The Australian Health Survey 2011-12 indicates that:
    • 60% of Australian adults did less than the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day.

(NB: new physical activity guidelines recommend that adults accumulate 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week).

Sedentary Behaviour

  • The Australian Health Survey 2011-12 indicates that:
    • Fewer than one in three children and young people (5-17 year olds) met the “no more than 2 hours of screen-based entertainment” every day.
    • Nearly 70% of Australian adults (i.e. almost 12 million adults) are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity.

Key Findings – Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity, 2011-12

According to the latest Australian Health Survey (2011-12) results:

  • The highest levels of physical activity were among the young adults with 53% of 18–24 year olds being classed as sufficiently active. Levels of physical activity tended to decline in older ages, with the lowest being among people aged 75 years and over, where the average time spent in physical activity was 20 minutes per day, and just one in four this age were classified as sufficiently active against the guidelines.
  • Levels of sufficient physical activity were associated with a range of factors:
    • Health status: Adults who described their health as “excellent” were over twice as likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with people with “poor” self-assessed health.
    • Body mass index (BMI): The underweight/normal weight population were 1.4 times more likely to have done sufficient physical activity compared with the obese population.
    • Sedentary activity occupied an average 39 hours per week for adults, with close to 10 hours of this sitting at work. People employed in more sedentary occupations (such as clerical and administrative work) spent on average 22 hours a week sitting for work.
    • The adults who participated in the pedometer study, recorded an average of 7,400 steps per day. Less than one in five adults (19%) recorded 10,000 steps per day on average.’

Melbourne Corporate Health offers convenient, simple and results based health and fitness programs that have been proven to improve the physical and mental health of its clients. For more information click here or email dean@melbournecorporatehealth.com.au.