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Make time for physical activity or you may spend more time sick!

Lordan, Grace and Pakrashi, Debayan (2014) Make time for physical activity or you may spend more time sick! Social Indicators Research, 119 (3). pp. 1379-1391. ISSN 0303-8300

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11205-013-0545-y


This work estimates the association between various types of physical activities and physical health, mental health and health service utilization. Specifically, we consider participation in housework, manual, walking, sports/exercise and total physical activities to a moderate level. We view this as an important contribution given that governments usually recommend a total level of activity that their citizens should achieve to be healthy, rather than a particular activity per se. Our results suggest that participation in any of these activities predicts a lower probability of poor health roughly to the same level. For mental health, our estimates highlight that those who participate in (and do more of) any activity have better mental health when compared to those who do not. The associations are higher for women. The associations are also higher for manual activities and sports/exercise when compared to other activities. The analysis also reveals some lower utilization of in-patient, out-patient visits and GP services among individuals who are moderately physically active.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Springer, Part of Springer Science+Business Media
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 12:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:49

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