We have collated cost studies surrounding physical activity from around the world.
The economic impacts and advantages of physical activity interventions are not indefinite, and costs of in-action to address sedentary behaviours are rarely assessed. Read summaries from cost studies to date below.
The aim of this study was to assess the economic costs of physical inactivity (including those attributable to obesity). The paper recognises both direct costs resulting from the treatment of morbidity and indirect costs because of premature mortality and lost productivity.
The analytical review estimates the direct and indirect economic costs of physical inactivity and obesity in Canada in 2001.
This study provides estimates of the economic cost of risk factors for chronic diseases (diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol, and obesity) based on 2006-2007 financial data. The results suggest that poor diet, followed by alcohol, smoking, and physical inactivity have the most significant burden on the NHS budget.
This study evaluates the cost-effectiveness of interventions to promote physical activity. Interventions range from individually tailored advice, counseling from a general practitioner to population-wide approaches, such as media campaigns.
This study explores the cost-effectiveness of a telephone counseling intervention to improve physical activity, targeting adults with established chronic diseases in a low socio-economic area of Australia.
The systematic review assesses the cost-effectiveness of physical activity interventions in primary care and the community, compiling evidence from randomized control trials between 2002-2009.
The aim of this study was to quantify the impact of physical activity on disease progression. Read more.
The West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children (WAVES) study a cluster randomised controlled trial testing the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted obesity prevention intervention programme targeted at children aged 6-7 years.
The aim of the study was to “assess the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children study intervention, compared with usual practice, in preventing obesity among primary school children.”
The systematic review and economic evaluation assessed the “clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of exercise referral schemes for people with a diagnosed medical condition known to benefit from physical activity (PA).”
This study assessed the cost-utility and cost-benefit of three school-based childhood obesity interventions including nutrition education intervention, physical activity intervention, and comprehensive intervention delivered across six cities in China.