Skip to comments.Lack of exercise kills roughly as many as smoking, study says
Posted on 07/20/2012 9:44:27 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
People across the world are falling so far short on exercise that the problem has become a global pandemic, causing nearly a tenth of deaths worldwide and killing roughly as many people as smoking, researchers warned this week as an alarming series of studies was published in the Lancet.
Eight out of 10 youngsters age 13 to 15 don't get enough exercise, according to one of the Lancet studies released Tuesday, and nearly a third of adults fall short. The problem is even worse for girls and women, who are less active than boys and men, researchers found.
The results are fatal. Lack of exercise is tied to worldwide killers such as heart disease, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. If just a quarter of inactive adults got enough exercise, more than 1.3 million deaths could be prevented worldwide annually, researchers said. Half an hour of brisk walking five times a week would do the trick.
Despite its deadly consequences, lack of exercise doesnt get the same funding or attention as other health problems, said Pedro Hallal, associate professor at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and author of one of the studies.
It gets underfunded and undervalued, Hallal said. But its huge everywhere in the world.
In the widest study ever of the scope of the problem, Hallal and his fellow researchers found that although wealthier countries are more likely to fall short on physical activity, people in countries across the globe are getting too little exercise. The new research covered 122 nations representing 89% of the world's population.
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Time for a tax on people who don’t exercise..I mean penalty...mandate...something, just don’t call it a tax.
So smoking isn’t such a bad thing after all?
Government treadmills next. We will all be forced to buy them.
lol...Bloomberg and Obama believe fat people should pay their fair share. But they would only tax (I mean penalize) people over 200 lbs.
Complete with a smart meter.
“...Obesity is a disease of affluence...”
Yet in Alabama I would say that the wealthy are typically thin or at least less-than-obese while the poorest 15 percent are often very fat.
“Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”
And homosexual sodomy is more dangerous than smoking or being fat.
This should be very good news to those who believe Earth’s salvation depends on getting rid of millions of people. But they’ll probably be the first to favor the forced exercises some have mentioned.
You definitely see a lot more chubs in WM or Dollar General than you do in Nordstrom.
I’m thinking it’s a synergistic combination of food stamps and 60 inch televisions.
They need to put huge, nasty surgeon general warning labels on couches.
But in this country, a visit to Walmart shows the opposite to be true.
What is needed is a camp where we can concentrate obese or even slightly overweight people. A few days there and they will be slim and trim
But, since homosexuality can be used in the REAL battle, that of the world vs God’s people,
they’ll get a pass.
“What is needed is a camp where we can concentrate obese or even slightly overweight people. A few days there and they will be slim and trim.”
Good idea, Comrad!
Perhaps they can be re-educated there and work for the State to compensate for the cost of their education.
(Yes, everyone, we are being sarcastic.)
“...a synergistic combination of food stamps and 60 inch televisions...”
Ha! Yes, that combo can put on the pounds.