WHO Issues Warning About Lack of Exercise Globally
A recent report done by World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that almost a quarter of the world’s population, 1.4 billion people, are not taking part in enough exercise and this figure has remained the same since 2001. Inactivity can cause many diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes, cancer etc.
High-income countries like UK and USA had a proportion of the least active people raising from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016. Low-income countries remained at a stable 16%. Women were found to be more sedentary throughout the world.
Dr Regina Guthold, lead author of the study from the WHO, said “Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health. Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”
Co-author Dr Fiona Bull, also from the WHO, said “Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”