1.4b risk disease from lack of exercise

07 September, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • A quarter of adults are too inactive, putting health at risk

At the current rate, the world will miss the United Nations target, which is to cut inactivity levels by 10% by 2025.

The study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the richer nation that enjoys a comfortable life with nearly no physical activity is more at risk have about a third of women and a quarter of men worldwide are living under a unsafe risk of heart disease, diabetes and even Cancer.

"Countries will need to improve policy implementation to increase physical activity opportunities and encourage more people to be physically active", Dr. Fiona Bull, the study's senior author, said in a press release.

In 2016, levels of insufficient activity among adults varied widely across income groups - 16% in low-income countries compared to 37% in high-income countries.

High-income Western countries displayed the greatest increase in the proportion of people taking insufficient exercise over the study period, a rise from 31% in 2001 to 37% in 2016.

Men from Oceania were most active (12.3 percent) and so were those from east and Southeast Asia (17·6 percent) and those from sub-Saharan Africa (17·9 percent).

The WHO's study was based on data from 358 surveys conducted between 2001 and 2016, including 1.9 million people from 168 countries.

Around the globe, about one in three women and almost one in four men does not exercise enough to avoid common diseases, a new report shows.

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But the data show that progress towards the global target set by World Health Organization member states to reduce physical inactivity by 10 percent by 2025 has been too slow and is not on track. That's a slight improvement from 2001, when the global inactivity rate was 28.5%, but is still a problem that needs to be "urgently addressed", according to the authors, because exercise is one of the best ways to improve health and longevity and prevent chronic disease.

In Kuwait, American Samoa, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, more than half of the population doesn't get enough exercise, according to the WHO.

Around the world, there's a lot of variation in physical activity levels.

Only six per cent of adults in Uganda and Mozambique were insufficiently active - the lowest levels of all countries.

The report published in The Lancet Global Heath journal, says: "Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases, and has a negative effect on mental health and quality of life".

The surveys took note of physical activity in work, at home, for transport and during leisure time - so we have no excuses.

If adults were to become more active, they can improve their muscular and cardio-respiratory fitness, bone health, weight control and reduce their risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and various types of cancer. However this can be as high as one in three adults inactive in some counties. The WHO report, as quoted in BBC says that around 1.4 billion people are not involved in physical activities much.

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