Research from Mintel shows that one third of 16-24 years olds suffer from some form of back pain – a similar number to that of pensioners.
38% of over-64s suffer from back pain, compared with 34% of young people.
Experts believe too much time sitting slumped in front of the television and computers is contributing to the rising numbers of back problems in young people. When too much time is spent sitting down, the abdominal muscles can weaken, leading to over-compensation and strain in the lower back.
Michelle Stutton, who works for research company Mintel, said: “Back pain is becoming one of society’s main issues and accounts for a high proportion of reasons for taking sick leave.”
These results come just three months after a team of scientists published...