Table 1 Prevalence of each indicator of life-course socioeconomic position and other characteristics by level of physical activity among older British women
Prevalence, % (95% CI) by hours of physical activity per weekp For trend
0 hours per week>0–1.99 hours per week2–2.99 hours per week⩾3 hours per week
N  =  2186N  =  488N  =  503N  =  926
Childhood, manual social class79.4 (77.5 to 81.1)77.8 (73.8 to 81.4)75.7 (71.6 to 79.4)72.0 (68.9 to 75.0)<0.001
Childhood, no bathroom42.8 (40.8 to 45.0)37.3 (33.0 to 41.7)33.4 (29.3 to 37.7)34.0 (31.0 to 37.1)<0.001
Childhood, no hot water39.1 (37.0 to 41.2)35.1 (30.9 to 39.5)32.1 (28.1 to 36.4)29.5 (26.6 to 32.6)<0.001
Childhood, no car access85.3 (83.7 to 86.8)82.9 (79.1 to 86.0)80.3 (76.5 to 83.6)77.4 (74.6 to 80.0)<0.001
Childhood, shared bedroom55.6 (53.4 to 57.7)49.8 (45.3 to 54.3)51.8 (47.4 to 56.2)47.9 (44.7 to 51.2)0.001
Left full-time education at 15 years42.6 (40.3 to 45.0)32.6 (28.2 to 37.3)23.7 (20.0 to 27.9)21.0 (18.3 to 23.9)<0.001
Adult manual social class56.8 (54.6 to 59.0)52.5 (48.0 to 57.0)47.3 (42.8 to 51.7)45.8 (42.5 to 49.0)<0.001
Adult no car access34.1 (32.1 to 36.2)22.7 (19.1 to 27.7)22.3 (18.8 to 26.2)19.1 (16.6 to 21.8)<0.001
Adult living in local authority housing17.8 (16.3 to 19.5)9.3 (7.0 to 12.2)9.3 (7.0 to 12.2)7.9 (6.3 to 9.8)<0.001
State pension only34.5 (32.5 to 36.7)25.9 (22.0 to 30.1)23.2 (19.6 to 27.3)22.1 (19.5 to 25.1)<0.001
History of CVD22.4 (20.6 to 24.2)13.3 (10.5 to 16.6)14.3 (11.6 to 17.7)8.7 (7.1 to 10.7)<0.001
History of respiratory disease26.8 (24.9 to 28.7)24.1 (20.5 to 28.2)24.7 (21.1 to 28.8)21.8 (19.2 to 24.6)0.006
Current smoker12.8 (11.5 to 14.3)12.0 (9.4 to 15.2)7.7 (5.7 to 10.4)7.3 (5.8 to 9.1)<0.001
BMI (kg/m2)*28.4 (28.2 to 28.6)27.8 (27.4 to 28.3)27.0 (26.5 to 27.4)26.0 (25.6 to 26.3)<0.001
Carstairs’ deprivation score†0.48 (−1.94 to 2.62)−0.83 (−2.29 to 2.03)−0.79 (−2.25 to 2.18)−0.93 (−2.38 to 1.61)<0.001
  • BMI, Body mass index; CVC, cardiovascular disease.

  • *Results are mean (95% CI of mean). †Results are median (interquartile range); all other results are percentages (95% CI). Numbers in column headings refer to the 4103 (96%) with complete data on physical activity; for each individual variable numbers included differ slightly as a result of missing data.