How young couch potatoes are giving themselves bad backs with hours in front of the boxA third of 16 to 24-year-olds suffer from back pain, research findsThirty-eight per cent of over-65s have back problems
06:54 GMT, 25 July 2012
Painful: One in three young adults suffer from backache, researchers have found
Young adults are paying the price for spending hours slumped in front of the television as one in three suffer from back pain, research has suggested.
Research company Mintel found that the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds suffering from pain was similar to that of pensioners.
The study found that 34 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds suffer from back ache compared with 38 per cent of over-65s.
Two fifths of Britons across all age groups suffer from back pain, the research found.
Michelle Strutton, from Mintel, said: 'The high incidence of back pain in Britain’s youngsters is pretty alarming.
'Too much time sitting, weakens muscle tone and this can lead to back pain.
'Many of Britain’s youngsters lead a sedentary lifestyle and lack of sport may well be contributing to back pain as well as poor posture.
'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.
Harmful: Researchers said Britains youth were spending hours at a time slumped in front of TV and computer screens
'Back pain is becoming one of society’s main issues and accounts for a high proportion of reasons for taking sick leave.'
Mintel said the research identified
the nations top five ailments which are colds and flu, headaches, sore
throats, coughs and back pain.
study also found that women are more likely to complain of headaches
than men, with 62 per cent of women saying they suffer from headaches
compared with 49 per cent of men.
The Mintel research was published three months after another study linked back pain to happiness at work.
team of scientists led by Professor Markus Melloh, an orthopaedic
surgeon based in Perth, Australia, claimed that many sufferers may
simply be unhappy at work.
Problem: Two fifths of Britons across all age groups suffer from back pain, the research found
They said sufferers may be able to ‘think themselves better’, as those with a positive attitude to work are less likely to have lower back problems.
They relied on research which showed that only 33 per cent of people with niggling non-specific backache developed persistent pain that severely affected their career and social lives.
Although some workers required extended sick leave, only a few had suffered a physical change such as a slipped disc.
Anatomical tests of the other patients involved in the study showed no physical reasons for ongoing daily problems with pain.