Researchers have concluded that inactivity is the cause for nearly a tenth of worldwide deaths, claiming roughly as many lives as smoking.
The research, published in The Lancet concludes that inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death in the world, with lack of exercise being tied to worldwide killers like heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer. If just one fourth of those inactive adults received a proper level of exercise, say a brisk half-hour walk five times a week, then researchers believe that more than 1.3 million deaths could be prevented.
The Lancet has made a goal to properly expose inactive people to the proper motivation and information necessary to spark a desire to physically better themselves. The Lancet writes:
“Although evidence for the benefits of physical activity for health has been available since the 1950s, promotion to improve the health of populations has lagged in relation to the available evidence and has only recently developed an identifiable infrastructure, including efforts in planning, policy, leadership and advocacy, workforce training and development, and monitoring and surveillance.”
The Lancet discusses that the level of physical wellness in a society should be the concern of its governing body as well. There have been positive results in New York City based on their anti-trans-fats and anti-smoking campaigns, which improved the overall health of their residents by restricting their intake of unhealthy food and adding a heavy premium on cigarettes. The Lancet approves and encourages this type of governmental regulation and sees value in its implementation. The Lancet concludes:
“Recommended environmental and policy approaches include creation and improvement of access to places for physical activity with informational outreach activities, community-scale and street-scale urban design and land use, active transport policy and practices, and community-wide policies and planning. Thus, many approaches lead to acceptable increases in physical activity among people of various ages, and from different social groups, countries, and communities.”
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