2018 - Research

Percentage of Deaths Associated With Inadequate Physical Activity in the United States

Key takeaway:

  • A significant portion of adult deaths in the United States is attributed to inadequate levels of physical activity. Increasing adults’ physical activity levels to meet current guidelines can help reduce the risk of premature death.

Results:

  • 8.3% of deaths in able-bodied adults aged 25 or older are attributable to inadequate physical activity.
  • For adults aged 40 to 69, the percentage of deaths attributable to inadequate physical activity is 9.9%.
  • Among adults aged 70 or older, 7.8% of deaths are attributable to inadequate physical activity.
  • The percentage of deaths attributable to inadequate physical activity was not statistically significant for adults aged 25 to 39.

 

Implications:

  • Promoting active transportation is a great way to help increase physical activity levels, optimize health benefits, and reduce the risk of premature death.

 

Methods:

  • Data from the 1990 to 1991 National Health Interview Survey for adults aged 25 years or older were linked with mortality data up until December 31, 2011, from the National Death Index. Statistical analysis was performed to identify the proportion of deaths attributable to inadequate levels of physical activity.

 

Carlson, S.; Adams, K.E.; Yang, Z.; Fulton, J.E. (2018). Percentage of Deaths Associated With Inadequate Physical Activity in the United States. Preventing Chronic Disease, 15.