Physical inactivity is a significant, independent risk factor for a range of long term health conditions. Adult physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. In the UK this equates to an average of 17% of all-cause mortality deaths per year and reduces life expectancy by 3-5 years. It is estimated that 28% of the Kent population is inactive.
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A number of organisations produce statistics relating to physical activity and its impact on health, both at national and local level.
- Public Health England (PHE) produce a physical activity tool, bringing together data on physical activity.
- The Public Health England Health Profiles provide snapshot overviews of health for local areas, and include some data on physically active adults.
- The Public Health Outcomes Framework also provides some physical activity data
- The NHS Digital publish a statistical report on obesity, physical activity and diet.
- The British Heart Foundation also publishes physical activity statistics.