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EXERCISE LEVELS(a) BY SEX,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(b)—2012–13
In non-remote areas in 2012–13, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were more likely than men to have been physically inactive in the previous week. This pattern was evident for all age groups.
PHYSICAL INACTIVITY(a) BY SEX AND AGE,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—2012–13
In 2012–13, a significantly higher proportion of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men than women in non-remote areas, met the NPA target of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. Among people aged 45–54 years, the rates for men and women were 47% and 34%, respectively. Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men were significantly more likely than older women to have exercised for at least 150 minutes over five sessions in the previous week — among 45-54 year olds (42% compared with 28%) and among those aged 55 years and over (38% of men compared with 28% of women).
HOW DO THESE RATES COMPARE WITH THE RATES FOR NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?
After adjusting for differences in age structure between the two populations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 years and over were more likely than non-Indigenous people to have been sedentary or exercising at low intensity (rate ratio of 1.1) and were only half as likely to have been exercising at high intensity (rate ratio of 0.6). The differences in the age standardised rates were statistically significant for both these measures.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were also less likely than non-Indigenous people to have met the NPA targets of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week or 150 minutes and 5 sessions per week (rate ratio of 0.9 for both). In both cases, the difference in the age standardised rates was statistically significant.
1. Vos T, Barker B, Stanley L, Lopez AD 2007. The Burden of Disease and Injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 2003, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland, Brisbane