Physical activity levels have been declining in the population. This is partly to do with a shift in the industries people are employed in. Children have become increasingly more sedentary and this pattern has followed in to adulthood. The adult population as a whole is 20% less active than it was during the 1960’s. Based on this rate of change, it is projected that by 2030 the adult population will be 35% less active than the 1960’s.
The Health Survey for England gives estimates of the proportion of the population achieving the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity in a week. For men this is 67% and for women this is a more worrying 55%, this equates to over 106,000 adults aged 16+ out of the 270,000 adults in Wakefield meeting the recommended levels of activity.
Wakefield as a whole exceeds the national average for combined male and female activity, as seen in the data that is produced from the Active People Survey produced by Sport England. Compared to similar areas in the region such as Doncaster, Barnsley and Northern Lincolnshire, Wakefield has better levels of physical activity.
Wakefield currently has higher than average levels of many of the long term conditions that are related to lower levels of physical activity, suggesting that in even in this slightly more favorable position there is a lot more that needs to be done to improve peoples health and well being.
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