Thursday, 14 May 2015

Stay onside, Timmie!

65% of Australians aged 15 years and over participate in physical activities for recreation, exercise or sport. Overall, men had a higher participation rate for sport and physical recreation compared with women (66% and 64% respectively) and there is a general tendency for participation rates to fall with age. Over three quarters (78%) of people aged 15-17 years participate in sport and physical recreation, significantly higher than for people aged 65 years and over (50%).

60% of children aged 5-14 years participate in at least one sport outside of school hours that has been organised by a school, club or association. The participation rate for boys exceeds that for girls both overall and within each age group category. Children aged 9-11 years were those most likely to participate in sport with a participation rate of 66%, exceeding the rates for both 5-8 year olds (56%) and 12-14 year olds (60%).

63% of Australian adults are overweight or obese. 28% are obese. Men are more likely to be obese (70%) than womwn (56%). Australia’s rate of obesity (28% of the population aged 15 and over) is fourth highest among 34 OECD countries, behind the United States (37%), Mexico (30%) and Hungary (29%).
25% of Australian children are overweight or obese.


Joe said...

Thanks for this information Julie. Exercise is so important not only from an obesity perspective but also for general health, fitness and peace of mind.

diane b said...

Joe is roght.The stats are staggering. Glad to see there are more round balls. A-League final on Sunday Syd v Melb I'm going for Sydney since Brisbane flunked this year.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I did a lot of physical activity as a kid which is just as well given than I am one of the less acceptable categories as an adult. I hate to think of where I would be now if I hadn't had all those thin years.

William Kendall said...

Physical exercise is so crucial for people, the earlier the better.