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Socio-economic differences in cardiovascular disease and physical activity: stereotypes and reality

Macintyre, S. and Mutrie, N. (2004) Socio-economic differences in cardiovascular disease and physical activity: stereotypes and reality. Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 124 (2). pp. 66-69. ISSN 1466-4240

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Abstract

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is patterned by socio-economic status, being more common in lower social classes. Since physical inactivity is a risk factor for CVD it might be assumed that it is more common in tower social classes. We examine major recent UK population surveys and show that this assumption is incorrect; although higher social class adults engage in more formal sports activities, they are Less likely to engage in other (e.g. occupational) activities. Lower social class children are more likely to engage in sports and active play. We also show that although Scotland has higher rates of CVD than England, it does not have higher prevalences of all CVD risk factors.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7858
Keywords: cardiovascular disease, physical activity, risk, factors, sports science, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition , Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 12:50
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 15:58
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7858

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