More details on some of the issues and sources of further information follow.
Men compared to women
At all ages, males are on average more physically active than women. According to the Health Survey for England 2008 (from which all the tables on this page are taken):
For sport specifically, Sport England’s Active People Survey 2008/09 shows that 20% of adult men participated in sport compared to 13% of women. Participation is defined as at least 30 minutes of sport at moderate intensity at least three times a week.
Although men are more physically active than women and more likely to meet the CMO’s recommendations at all ages, the gradient of decline is much steeper for men than women. Moreover, there is a decline across all age groups in men, whereas for women, this decline only becomes apparent beginning in those aged 45-54
The Health Survey for England 2008 comments:
Men in the lowest household income group are much less likely to meet the CMO’s recommendation on physical activity.
The Health Survey for England 2008 highlighted some interesting differences between men and women:
The Health Survey for England 2004 suggests that men from the Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani and Chinese communities are far less likely to meet the CMO’s recommendations than the general population. There are fewer differences between men in the general population and Black African, Black Caribbean and Irish men.
There are many good and easily-accessible sources of information on gender and participation in physical activity and sport.
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