Legal & General comment on getting the nation to exercise
29 March 2013
Joseph Lu, Head of Longevity Risk at Legal & General says:
"Improving opportunities for exercise and sports would benefit the more deprived population aged 55 and over. According to our research, in collaboration with University College London and Liverpool University*, people aged 55 and above living in the most deprived fifth of areas in England are about 35% less likely than the least deprived fifth of areas in England to spend 30 minutes or more in activities of at least moderate intensity, on at least 5 days per week.
Women in the most deprived fifth of areas in England are nearly twice more likely to report doctor-diagnosed diabetes and 1.4 times more likely to be obese when compared with their counterparts in the least deprived fifth areas of England. Similarly men in the most deprived fifth, are about 1.5 times more likely to report doctor-diagnosed diabetes and 1.3 times more likely to be obese when compared with men living in the least deprived fifth of areas in England.
Offering facilities for recreation and sports in more deprived areas could potentially improve the health among people with greater health care needs and narrow the health gap between people in different socio-economic circumstances.
More details on the differences in gender and socio-economic circumstances is available at Legal & General's Longevity Science on the Web website at www.legalandgeneral.com/lsweb
Scholes et al., BMC Public Health 2012, 12:129 (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/129)
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