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Costs of Physical Inactivity

Costs of Physical Inactivity

Developed by the Department of Sport and Recreation, this fact sheet takes a hard look at the range of health and economic costs associated with physical inactivity.

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Costs of Physical Inactivity

Physical inactivity is the second most important risk factor after tobacco use that contributes to the burden of disease, feeling of ill health and mortality in Australia.

The attached fact sheet explores the facts and statistics associated with physical inactivity including:

  • The health costs - physical inactivity is associated with a number of chronic disease risk factors and is higher overall death rates for adults at any age;
  • The costs for children - physical inactivity can compromise a child's optimal skeletal growth and body mass maintenance;
  • The economic costs for Australia - including health care costs and indirect costs such as time of work; and,
  • The costs to organisations - physical inactivity may result in reduced employee productivity and satisfaction, absenteeism, short and long term disability payments, increased levels of fatigue, inattention and accidents.

Year published: 2007

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