World Health Day is celebrated across the world every year on April 7th to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. Word Health Day 2016 is focusing on diabetes and one of the main goals of the campaign this year is to increase the awareness of the rise in diabetes.
According to the NHS, by 2025, an estimated 5 million people will have diabetes in the UK. However, type 2 diabetes in particular is largely preventable by maintaining a healthy lifestyle through engaging in regular exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet.
In keeping with the campaign, we asked a nationally representative sample of UK adults how often they take part in at least 30 minutes of physical activity. The results revealed that 15% of UK adults never take part in at least 30 minutes of physical activity. Around a fifth of UK adults take part in at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday (18%) and one in six do so 4 to 6 times a week (16%). Around one quarter exercise 2 to 3 times a week (26%) and one in eight exercise for at least 30 minutes once a week (12%). One in seven do so less than once a week (14%).
A closer look at the data reveals that satisfaction with health has a clear influence on whether UK adults take part in physical activity. Those who are dissatisfied with their health are more likely to never take part in at least 30 minutes of physical activity (21%) compared with those who are satisfied with their health (8%). Age also has an influence as the number of UK adults never taking part in at least 30 minutes of physical activity increases with age. Just 7% of 18 to 24 years never exercise compared with 20% of those aged 65+.
Readers can interrogate the data for themselves using the menu in the chart below.
Data tables containing a breakdown of the results can be found here.
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