‘Mamils’ in the suburbs
The number of middle-aged Australian men who cycle on weekends has doubled in recent years, but the rise of the ‘Mamils’ (middle aged men in lycra) is confined to men in more affluent suburbs, according to research in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Sydney University authors who led the research said the Mamil study was prompted by media attention given to depicting and satirising the group and the importance of physical activity for preventing lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular disease. The report found:
● The proportion of middleaged men aged 45 to 65 who cycled at least once a week in the past year more than doubled from 6.2 per cent (2002-04) to 13.2 per cent in 2016.
● The proportion of middleaged men aged 40 to 59 who cycle to work had not changed between 2006 (1.1 per cent) and 2016 (1.3 per cent).
Previously-published data showed the proportion of middleaged men from high income suburbs who cycled at least weekly more than doubled during a 14-year study period, from 7.5 per cent (2002-04) to 17.4 per cent (2016).