In 2018, physical inactivity accounted for 2.4% of the total disease burden among Indigenous Australians.
These estimates reflect the amount of disease burden that could have been avoided if all Indigenous Australians were sufficiently physically active (see ABDS 2018 Risk factor estimates for Indigenous Australians data table S1).
Physical inactivity was causally linked to the burden from type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer, dementia, coronary heart disease and stroke, as well as uterine and breast cancer in females.
How much burden was attributable to physical inactivity?
In 2018 among Indigenous Australians, physical inactivity was responsible for 24% of the total disease burden due to type 2 diabetes, 21% of coronary heart disease burden, 16% of uterine cancer burden, 15% due to bowel cancer, 13% of stroke burden, 12% of dementia burden and 5% of breast cancer.