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Irish Men Get More Exercise Than Women


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A new major study has found that Irish men are getting more exercise than women.

The Lancet Global Heath journal has looked at World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 358 surveys across 168 countries.

It pooled data from population-based surveys reporting the prevalence of insufficient physical activity.

This is not doing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or any equivalent combination of the two.

Insufficient physical activity in men in 2016 | Image: The Lancet

In Ireland, the study found that up to 30% (between 20-29%) of Irish men had insufficient physical activity in 2016.

While Irish women had up to 40% (between 30-39%) of insufficient physical activity that same year.

Insufficient physical activity in women in 2016 | Image: The Lancet

The highest levels in 2016 were in women in Latin America and the Caribbean (43·7%), south Asia (43·0%), and high-income western countries (42·3%).

The lowest levels were in men from Oceania (12·3%), east and southeast Asia (17·6%), and sub-Saharan Africa (17·9%).


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