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Table 1 Demographics and days of reduced activity due to ill health by age, gender and work force status for the 2008 adult Australian population

From: The economic benefits of reducing physical inactivity: an Australian example

  Male Female
  Physically inactive Physically active Physically inactive Physically active
Age summary     
Age 15-64 y
N (95% CI)
4,332,994
(4,229,842 - 4,436,146)
2,322,617
(2,220,059 - 2,425,175)
4,798,508
(4,704,081 - 4,892,935)
1,864,120
(1,769,404 - 1,958,836)
Age 65+ y
N (95% CI)
775,817
(746,962 - 804,671)
342,985
(313,395 - 372,575)
1,059,103
(1,028,507 - 1,089,698)
260,571
(230,005 - 291,136)
Mean age (15+ years) (95% CI) 44.9
(44.6 - 45.3)
40.6
(40.1 - 41.2)
45.3
(45.0 - 45.6)
42.5
(41.6 - 43.3)
In Labour Force (15+ years)*    
% (95% CI) 75%
(73% - 76%)
75%
(73% - 77%)
57%
(56% - 58%)
65%
(63% - 67%)
Mean days off work (95% CI) 0.32
(0.26 - 0.38)
0.26
(0.18 - 0.34)
0.31
(0.26 - 0.35)
0.23
(0.16 - 0.29)
Not in Labour Force     
% (95% CI) 26%
(24% - 27%)
25%
(23% - 27%)
43%
(42% - 44%)
35%
(33% - 37%)
Mean days of reduced activity: 15-64 y (95% CI) 1.93
(1.60 - 2.26)
0.88
(0.54 - 1.21)
1.45
(1.26 - 1.65)
0.84
(0.62 - 1.05)
Aged 65+ years     
% (95% CI) 15.2%
(14.6% - 15.8%)
12.9%
(11.8% - 14.0%)
18.1%
(17.5% - 18.7%)
12.3%
(10.8% - 13.8%)
Mean days of reduced activity (95% CI) 1.56
(1.25 - 1.87)
0.43
(0.22 - 0.65)
1.75
(1.53 - 1.96)
0.73
(0.50 - 0.96)
  1. Source: National Health Survey 2004-05 (ABS, 2006); CI: Confidence Interval; N: Number. Mean days measured over a two week period. *includes unemployed seeking work and 65+ years