Physical inactivity associated with reduced life expectancy in overweight and non-overweight older adults

Including physical activity, for example taking an evening walk, into to your daily routine can improve your chances of living a longer life.

Question

What is the relationship between physical inactivity and life expectancy in overweight and non-overweight individuals?

What was done?

20,203 respondents aged ≥60 years were drawn from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Surveys (1994-2008) and followed up over five years. Physical inactivity, defined as not meeting the current UK physical activity guidelines for older adults, was examined as well as whether individuals died during the follow-up period.

What was found?

Not meeting physical activity guidelines was associated with reduced life expectancy that is larger among non-overweight individuals than among overweight/obese.

How does this affect me?

Including physical activity, for example taking an evening walk, into to your daily routine can improve your chances of living a longer life

Article Abstract
This study investigates to what extent physical inactivity in older age is associated with reduced life expectancy among non-overweight and overweight/obese individuals. Data from 20,203 respondents aged ≥60 years were drawn from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Surveys (1994-2008) and 5-year all-cause mortality linkage. Population attributable fractions were calculated to estimate years of life lost due to physical inactivity. Physical inactivity was defined as not meeting the current UK physical activity guidelines for older adults. Not meeting physical activity guidelines was associated with reduced life expectancy that is larger among non-overweight individuals than among overweight/obese.

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