Lifestyle Advantaged Australians are more active

Advantaged Australians are more active

How physically active and healthy you are could come down to your postcode.

Wealthier suburbs report higher activity levels and the lowest levels of obesity, current smokers and premature mortality from chronic disease, according to Australia’s Health Tracker by Area.

Affluent areas like Woollahra in Sydney, Cottesloe in Perth and Stonnington in Melbourne have the most active residents across the country.

Developed by Victoria University with Torrens University, the tracker shows two-thirds of adults report no or low physical activity within the week of the survey.

Poorer communities and rural communities have poorer health, with more than three-quarters of adults in the mid-west of Tasmania, western New South Wales and western Victoria reporting no or low physical activity.

Physical inactivity costs Australia about $600 million each year.

“Our research on over 400,000 players from community sports clubs shows that children and young people from low-income areas are much less likely to play sport,” says Associate Professor Rochelle Eime from Victoria University.

“For young women, there is a significant drop off across all income groups at age 15.”

Australia’s Health Tracker by Area is a digital platform including a series of maps that provide localised data on chronic diseases and their risk factors at the town, local council, primary health network, state and national level.

Public health and chronic disease experts want at least a 10 per cent reduction in physical inactivity in Australia by the year 2025 and the Tracker reports will be regularly issued to monitor progress towards this target for a healthier Australia.

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