January 31, 2014 | David

I get plenty of exercise - I walk to work. A study suggests that in many poorer areas of the UK, more than a third of adults get less than 30 minutes of exercise per week.

The study links inactivity to increased premature deaths in those areas. I'm not sure it's that simple. It didn't account for lots of other factors, such as the quality of healthcare or local demographics. It was also carried out by the leisure industry. Should people exercise more? I think so. Should studies like this be more rigorous? Yes!

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The report says that more money should be spent encouraging people to be active.

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Lucy

February 1, 2014 at 12:50

It does need more depth, but it could become huge. It touches on local demographics, but where do you draw the line? It would surely need to be a government study? What about children as well, why are children's bmi measured but not how fit they are?

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