Drop in Exercise Levels Leading to Health Problems Globally

Bulgaria WHO 1.4 Billion Risk Disease from Lack of Exercise

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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.

More than a quarter of the world's adult population - 1.4 billion people - are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease because of insufficient exercise, according to a new study. During 2016, activity levels of 1.9 million people in 168 countries around the world were tracked.

In 2016, around one in three women (32%) and one in four men (23%) worldwide were not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity to stay healthy - ie, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week.

Between 2001 and 2016, two regions had the highest increase in insufficient activity: Western countries from 31 percent to 37 percent as well as Latin America/Caribbean from 33 percent to 39 percent.

Shockingly, nearly 40 percent of Irish women didn't get enough physical activity in 2016. Countries such as Bangladesh, Eritrea, India and Iraq registered a twenty percent or more difference in physical activity levels between men and women.

More than 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at heightened risk of deadly diseases by not getting enough exercise, doctors are warning, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in almost two decades. "A large number of youth are jobless, the country is mired in crisis related to terrorism, and inflation is high... how can people manage to devote themselves to healthy activities in such times?"

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To encourage more people to exercise, World Health Organization launched a Let's Be Active campaign with a goal of reducing physical inactivity 10 percent by 2025 and 15 percent by 2030.

There is an eight percent different between men and women.

The authors called for a significant increase in national action is urgently needed in most countries to scale-up implementation of effective policies. "Offering more opportunities for safe and accessible leisure-time activity to women in order to increase their overall levels of activity would therefore help close the gender gap and achieve the 2025 global physical activity target".

Guthold said the link between the lifestyle in wealthier nations - more time indoors, longer office hours, more easily accessible high-calorie foods - and lower exercise levels, was part of a "clear pattern" of poorer health coming with urbanisation. Publication of levels of participation in children and young people are forthcoming. "We have seen basically no progress", she added.

"It is vitally important that we take notice of this research, because physical inactivity is a risk factor for heart disease, which continues to be the leading killer of Australians".

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