Brits more likely to do no physical activity than many other Europeans

15 May 2015        

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Public urged to get more active this summer as new BHF report shows UK is lagging behind European counterparts

In a comparison 28 EU countries the UK is ranked in 16th position, with 44% of UK adults doing no moderate physical activity compared with just 14% in the Netherlands and 23% in Denmark and Finland.

Physical inactivity is contributing to many more people suffering from coronary heart disease which is costing the UK an estimated £542 million each year. The total cost of physical inactivity is now estimated to exceed £900 million a year.

Catherine Kelly, Director of Prevention, Survival and Support at the BHF, said: “Today’s figures are a worrying indication of the overall picture of our nation’s heart health. Alongside funding research in to improving outcomes for heart patients, we need to create environments that make it easier for people to better understand and cut their risk of heart disease.

“BHF research has shown that even making small, more active changes to your daily routine can improve your heart health. With the warmer nights and lighter evenings, the summer is the perfect opportunity for people to start to make these changes.”

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