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Key factors affecting musculoskeletal health

Inactive with long-lasting MSK conditionsPhysical activity

Inactive people are at increased risk of developing a painful musculoskeletal condition in later life.

21-32% of adults (19+) in the UK do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week.

ObesityObese with long-lasting MSK conditions infographic

Musculoskeletal problems constitute one of the greatest threats to the health of people who are obese.

Over half (62%) of adults (16+) in the UK are classified as being overweight or obese.


Musculoskeletal conditions are very common in multimorbidity.

By the year 2025 the number of people living with one or more serious long-term conditions in the UK will increase by nearly one million, rising from 8.2 million to 9.1 million.

Among people over 45 years of age who report living with a major long-term condition, more than three out of 10 also have a musculoskeletal condition.Multimorbidity infographic

Note-references and data sources for the statistics above are included in the full report.

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