A third of young people 'suffer from back pain'

31 July 2012

One in three young people in the UK suffer from a form of back pain, according to a new study which has suggested that hours spent in front of TV screens may be to blame.

The research was carried out by Mintel and found that young adults aged between 16 and 24 are suffering from a similar amount of back pain as pensioners, with 38 per cent of over-65s having back and neck issues.

Overall, two-fifths of Britons from all age groups suffer from a form of back pain – something described as "alarming" by Michelle Strutton, a spokeswoman for Mintel.

She explained that too much time sitting down weakens muscle tone and can lead to back pain – something compounded by the number of British youngsters who lead a sedentary lifestyle with a lack of physical activity.

"Britain's youth are spending hours at a time slumped in front of TV and computer screens, which is doing nothing to strengthen their backs. Back pain is becoming one of society's main issues and accounts for a high proportion of reasons for taking sick leave," Ms Strutton added.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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