Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Physical inactivity puts health of 1.4 billion at risk, warns WHO

Physical inactivity puts health of 1.4 billion at risk, warns WHO

People who do not meet this guideline are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers, research shows. "Offering more opportunities for safe and accessible leisure-time activity to women in order to increase their overall levels of activity would therefore help close the gender gap and achieve the 2025 global physical activity target".

In Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, American Samoa, and Iraq, more than 50 percent of adults don't get enough exercise. In the US, approximately 40 percent of adults were insufficiently active, which was greater than 36 percent in the United Kingdom and just 14 percent in China. In each of these countries, more than half the adult population was insufficiently active.

The new study looked at 358 surveys that collected data on almost 2 million people who reported their activity levels both at work and at home. The study was undertaken by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.

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Adults aren't exercising as much as they should.

The difference in inactivity also was notable between the sexes - 23.4 percent among men vs. 31.7 percent among women.

Adjunct Associate Professor Benedict Tan, who is chairman of Exercise Is Medicine Singapore - a movement to make exercise part of healthcare - said that there are various barriers that stop sedentary adults from becoming physically active. Among their results, they found a large disparity between the amount of inactivity among high-income countries (37 percent) compared to low-income countries (16 percent).

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The lowest levels were in men from Oceania (12·3%), east and southeast Asia (17·6%), and sub-Saharan Africa (17·9%). "Collaboration across sectors could generate significant returns, because policies that support increasing physical activity can provide other benefits to health, local economies, community wellbeing, and environmental sustainability".

The high inactivity in wealthier countries can be explained with the fact that many people lead increasingly stationary lives, in which occupations and recreational activities have become more sedentary, transport has become motorized, and the general use of technology has risen.

The WHO urged governments to put in place infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling for transport, and for sports and recreation. She says "physical activity has been engineered out of life, with desk-based jobs replacing labour jobs, lifts replacing stairs, cars replacing active travel".

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Physical inactivity is defined by experts as less than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise, per week.

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