It’s no wonder Queensland remains as the most obese State when our participation in sport and physical recreation is declining faster than participation in other States, as reported by the ABS today (Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, 2009-10):
While the total number of people aged 15 years and over who participated in sport and physical recreation increased from 10.5 million in 2005-06 to 11.1 million in 2009-10, the total participation rate fell from 66% to 64%.
Significant decreases in participation rates between 2005-06 and 2009-10 were evident in Queensland (67% to 62%), South Australia (66% to 62%) and Western Australia (71% to 65%). The participation rate for persons born in Australia fell from 68% in 2005-06 to 66% in 2009-10.
The top five sports or physical activities among Australians are walking, aerobics and gym activities, swimming, cycling, and jogging / running. Disturbingly for our future Ashes prospects, cricket is not one of the top 10 sports or physical activities.