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Inactivity Kills More Than Obesity - BBC News

Inactivity Kills More Than Obesity - BBC News

Small Amount of Activity...Substantial Health Benefits

Silver Spring, MD - January 15, 2015 - Eye opening research just released by the University of Cambridge reveals that lack of exercise is responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity. This 12-year study of over 300,000 people puts a new “weight” on the importance of activity in the fight for better health for people around the world.

The University of Cambridge said about 676,000 deaths each year were due to inactivity, compared with 337,000University Cambridge from carrying too much weight. In the article from BBC news, "The greatest risk [of an early death] was in those classed inactive, and that was consistent in normal weight, overweight and obese people," one of the researchers, Prof Ulf Ekelund told BBC News.  He said eliminating inactivity in Europe would cut mortality rates by nearly 7.5%, or 676,000 deaths, but eliminating obesity would cut rates by just 3.6%. 

Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, a non-profit focused on overcoming the Inactivity Pandemic, was quick to comment. “This is exactly what we thought when we launched PHIT America two years ago. While many have been talking about healthy eating and obesity for years, the story that hasn't been told clearly and loudly enough is about the need to be more active and fit. We know obesity is a critical issue. But, we all must work together to overcome the Inactivity Pandemic by getting people ‘get off the couch’ or push away from their sedentary electronic devices and devote themselves to increased activity for better health. And, there's other research that has come out recently that shows an active person does better academically as well. The benefits from increased activity are overwhelming.” 

Almost 3 years ago, The Lancet, the leading medical journal in the world, declared there was a global pandemic - Inactivity. Now with research like this, we need to be more united and outspoken to fight this issue. That is why medical experts has said, “Sitting is the new Smoking”. 

Today, 28% of all Americans are totally inactive. This includes not being active one time in the past year in 104 activities tracked by the Physical Activity Council. The trend for children is most disturbing. 10 million children are totally inactive, 2/3rd of all children are not active to healthy standards and both of these numbers are increasing.

Prof Ekelund, who is based in Norway, says all it would need to transform health, is brisk walking. "I think people need to consider their 24-hour day. Twenty minutes of physical activity, equivalent to a brisk walk, should be possible for most people to include on their way to or from work, or on lunch breaks, or in the evening instead of watching TV."

“We need everyone to read the study and be messengers for the importance of physical activity in our lives”, said Baugh. “On PHITAmerica.org, there is other information on the Inactivity Pandemic, benefits to being more active, fit and playing sports as well as PHIT America's plans and programs to fight inactivity.” 

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