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The burden of physical activity-related ill health in the UK

Allender, Steven, Foster, Charles, Scarborough, Peter and Rayner, Mike 2007, The burden of physical activity-related ill health in the UK, Journal of epidemiology and community health, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 344-348.

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Title The burden of physical activity-related ill health in the UK
Author(s) Allender, Steven
Foster, Charles
Scarborough, Peter
Rayner, Mike
Journal name Journal of epidemiology and community health
Volume number 61
Issue number 4
Start page 344
End page 348
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 0143-005X
1470-2738
Summary Background: Despite evidence that physical inactivity is a risk factor for a number of diseases, only a third of men and a quarter of women are meeting government targets for physical activity. This paper provides an estimate of the economic and health burden of disease related to physical inactivity in the UK. These estimates are examined in relation to current UK government policy on physical activity.

Methods: Information from the World Health Organisation global burden of disease project was used to calculate the mortality and morbidity costs of physical inactivity in the UK. Diseases attributable to physical inactivity included ischaemic heart disease, ischaemic stroke, breast cancer, colon/rectum cancer and diabetes mellitus. Population attributable fractions for physical inactivity for each disease were applied to the UK Health Service cost data to estimate the financial cost.

Results: Physical inactivity was directly responsible for 3% of disability adjusted life years lost in the UK in 2002. The estimated direct cost to the National Health Service is £1.06 billion.

Conclusion: There is a considerable public health burden due to physical inactivity in the UK. Accurately establishing the financial cost of physical inactivity and other risk factors should be the first step in a developing national public health strategy.
Notes This article has been published in the BMJ, Allender, Steven, Foster, Charles, Scarborough, Peter and Rayner, Mike 2007-04, The burden of physical activity-related ill health in the UK, Journal of epidemiology and community health, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 344- 348, and can also be viewed on the journal’s website at www.bmj.com
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, BMJ Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020456

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