Physical inactivity kills as much as tobacco

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Physical inactivity kills as much as tobaccoJuly 20, New Delhi: One in ten deaths would be linked to lack of exercise, according to a series of studies published in a health journal. Scientists are alarmed by a public health problem they consider “undervalued” by the authorities. Physical inactivity is very dangerous as much as smoking or use of tobacco in other forms.

If the sport for you is watching cricket in your couch, you are probably in danger. A series of studies published in the Lancet provides an alarming new assessment of the consequences of physical inactivity. It would indeed be responsible for one in ten deaths worldwide, or 5.3 million people in 2008. Generalizing physical activity, life expectancy of the world population could increase by 0.68 years, the researchers added.

Of course, we already knew that remain inactive was unhealthy. But recent research re-evaluate this risk factor and do not hesitate to evoke a global pandemic. Lack of exercise is indeed a cause of death comparable to smoking, including the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that kills 5 to 6 million per year.

“The role of physical inactivity continues to be undervalued despite strong evidence existed for over 60 years of its impact on health,” notes Harold W. Kohl (University of Texas) who adds that “much remains to be done to address the lack of exercise as a real public health problem”.

According to Dr. I-Min Lee (Harvard Medical School in Boston), 6-10% of the four major noncommunicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon) are associated with failure practice, at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, as recommended by WHO. Performance that has nothing to Olympic, with 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week is enough.

Another study provides the ranking of idlers. Malta takes the cake in the number of inactive adults (71%), followed by Serbia (68%), and the United Kingdom (63%) according to research conducted on 122 countries led by Dr. Pedro C. Hallal (University of Pelotas in Brazil). While the Greeks on the podium of the sport (only 16% inactive) to Estonia (17%). “Inactivity is higher among women than among men (34% against 28%) and also increases in high-income countries,” says Dr. Hallal.

So how to convince people to move? No study has recipe for success. But according to Gregory Heath (University of Tennessee), who studied prevention operations between 2001 and 2011, are the most effective media campaigns or small shocks messages like “taking the stairs instead of elevators.” He also cites as an example the creation of bicycle lanes and prohibition point of city centers to cars.

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