‘Mamils’ in the sub­urbs

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

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).

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