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Physical Activity: Cost Studies

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.

Economic costs of obesity and inactivity

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 economic costs associated with physical inactivity and obesity in Canada: an update.

The analytical review estimates the direct and indirect economic costs of physical inactivity and obesity in Canada in 2001.

The economic burden of ill health due to diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol, and obesity in the UK: An update to 2006-07 NHS costs.

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.

Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Physical Activity: A Modelling Study

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.

Cost-Effectiveness of a Telephone-Delivered Intervention for Physical Activity and Diet

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.

Are physical activity interventions in primary care and the community cost-effective? A systematic review of the evidence.

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 clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of exercise referral schemes: a systematic review and economic evaluation 

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).”

Cost-utility and cost-benefit analyses of school-based obesity prevention program

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.

Physical Activity Dossier

This page will be constantly updated with new studies as they come about. In the meantime, you can view our other elements of the physical activity dossier.

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