1 in three young adults suffer from backache: study

London: One in three young adults in the UK suffer from back pain due to extended hours of sitting in front of the television and computer screens, a new research has claimed.

The research found that two fifths of Britons across all age groups suffer from back pain and the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds suffering from pain was similar to that of the elderly, the `Daily Mail` reported.

The study by a market research company found that 34 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds suffer from back ache compared with 38 per cent of over-65s.

"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," Michelle Strutton, from the company said.

"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," Strutton added.

"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," Strutton was quoted by the paper as saying.

The study also found that women were 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.