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Financial Cost of Physical Inactivity – Sources and Methods

  • Reduction in the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases (in particular, but not limited to, coronary artery disease), stroke, and type 2 diabetes achieved in those who undertake physical activity (defines as a minimum of 2.5 hours of brisk walking per week, equivalent to 30 minutes per day for 5 days) is estimated at approximately 30%Cfr: Kokkinos, Physical Activity, Health Benefits, and Mortality Risk, 2011,Walking compared with vigorous physical activity and risk of type 2 diabetes in women: a prospective study, Hu et al., 1999; Physical activity and risk of stroke in women, Hu et al., 2000; Physical activity and television watching in relation to risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus in men. Hu et al., 2001; A prospective study of walking as compared with vigorous exercise in the prevention of coronary heart disease in women. Manson et al., 1999.
  • Costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke: $320.1 billion per year in the United States Note: this figure includes health expenditures (direct cost) and lost productivity (indirect cost). Source: Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2015 Update, compiled annually by the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other government sources.
  • Costs of type 2 diabetes: over $300 billion per year in the United States Note: estimated current total, includes both direct medical costs (about 72% of total) and reduced productivity (approximately 28% of total). Source: Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012, by the American Diabetes Association.
  • Medical expenditure in the United States: over $3 trillion (current estimated yearly total). Source: elaboration of data provided by CDC - National Center for Health Statistics (Health United States, 2013) and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).
  • More than 75% of medical care costs in the U.S is due to chronic conditions. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic diseases: the power to prevent, the call to control, at-a-glance 2009. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.
  • Physical inactivity contributes to 8% of deaths from chronic conditions Source: Danaei G, Ding EL, Mozaffarian D, Taylor B, Rehm J, et al. The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors; 2009


Based on the analysis of the available data and research, we calculate the current financial cost of physical inactivity in the United States to be $186 billion per year, of which around $134 billion represent direct medical costs, equivalent to 4.5% of the total medical expenditures in the U.S.

 

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