Australian Bureau of Statistics
4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2008
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One-quarter (25%) of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over who were sedentary or who engaged in low levels of exercise reported fair/poor health, compared with 15% of those who engaged in moderate or high levels of exercise. People who were sedentary/engaged in low levels of exercise were also more likely to be overweight/obese (58% compared with 51%) and to smoke on a daily basis (51% compared with 42%).
Among Indigenous people aged 35 years and over, those who were sedentary/engaged in low levels of exercise were more likely than people who exercised at moderate/high levels to have three or more long-term health conditions (66% compared with 55%). They also reported higher rates of cardiovascular disease (33% compared with 23%) and asthma (18% compared with 13%).
The proportion of females who were sedentary/exercised at low levels was higher than males across all age groups in both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. After adjusting for differences in the age structure between the two populations, Indigenous Australians were more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to be sedentary or to exercise at low levels.
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