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1. Main facts and figures
people from the Asian, Black, Chinese and Other ethnic groups were more likely to be physically inactive than White British people, White Other people and people from a Mixed ethnic background
overall, women were more likely to be physically inactive than men, with the biggest difference between women and men in the Asian group
across the 3 youngest age groups (people aged 16 to 44), White British people were less likely to be physically inactive than the average for these age groups
of people in managerial and professional occupations, the Asian group was most likely to be physically inactive
The ethnic categories used in this data
Sports England used the following broad ethnic categories when analysing data from the Active Lives Survey:
- White British
- White Other
2. Physical inactivity by ethnicity
|Ethnicity||%||Number of respondents|
Summary of Physical inactivity Physical inactivity by ethnicity Summary
3. Physical inactivity by ethnicity and gender
|Ethnicity||All %||All Number of respondents||Female %||Female Number of respondents||Male %||Male Number of respondents|
Summary of Physical inactivity Physical inactivity by ethnicity and gender Summary
4. Physical inactivity by ethnicity and age
|Ethnicity||16-24 %||16-24 Number of respondents||25-34 %||25-34 Number of respondents||35-44 %||35-44 Number of respondents||45-54 %||45-54 Number of respondents||55-64 %||55-64 Number of respondents||65-74 %||65-74 Number of respondents||75+ %||75+ Number of respondents|
|Chinese||24||152||32||272||30||268||31||176||49||117||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||54||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||14|
|Mixed||15||408||18||483||16||418||18||339||33||195||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||84||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||39|
|Other||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||140||27||299||31||408||34||254||37||199||42||134||62||56|
Summary of Physical inactivity Physical inactivity by ethnicity and age Summary
5. Physical inactivity by ethnicity and socio-economic group
|Managerial and professional occupations||Intermediate occupations and lower supervisory||Routine and manual occupations||Long-term unemployed||Full-time student or unclassified|
|Ethnicity||Managerial and professional occupations %||Managerial and professional occupations number of respondents||Intermediate occupations and lower supervisory %||Intermediate occupations and lower supervisory number of respondents||Routine and manual occupations %||Routine and manual occupations number of respondents||Long-term unemployed %||Long-term unemployed number of respondents||Full-time student or unclassified %||Full-time student or unclassified number of respondents|
|Chinese||21||578||40||188||47||77||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||24||28||172|
|Mixed||12||987||23||350||22||178||withheld because a small sample size makes it unreliable||75||18||337|
Summary of Physical inactivity Physical inactivity by ethnicity and socio-economic group Summary
Active Lives is a 'push-to-web' survey which involves up to four postal mailouts designed to encourage participants to complete the survey online. A letter is sent to a household inviting up to two people per household to take part in the survey, either online or by requesting a paper version of the questionnaire.
The overall sample size is just under 200,000 people each year. The survey sample is randomly selected from the Royal Mail’s Postal Address File, which is a list of addresses in the UK that is maintained by the Royal Mail and has a very high coverage of private residential addresses.
Data has been weighted to ONS population measures for geography and key demographics.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Results are not published when based on fewer than 30 respondents.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest whole number, but all gaps and differences have been calculated on unrounded data. More detailed estimates to 1 decimal place are available in the download.
Further technical information
7. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Twice a year
Purpose of data source
The Active Lives Survey measures the number of people aged 16 and over who take part in sport and physical activity.
This data informs the government’s strategy on physical activity, Sporting Future, which looks at 5 aspects of physical activity:
- physical well-being
- mental well-being
- individual development
- social and community development
- economic development
8. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, geography, gender, age, socio-economic status, value, denominator, numerator, upper CI, lower CI and number of respondents