Sunday, 18 January 2015

Lack of Exercise is twice as deadly as obesity

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How many deaths can theoretically be avoided if inactive people became more active, compared to how many could be avoided if obese people lost weight?

If activity levels were increased so that no-one was classed as inactive, then this could reduce early deaths by more than 7%. This compares to avoiding obesity, which could reduce deaths by nearly 4%.

In 2008, 676,000 deaths were attributable to physical inactivity, compared with 337,000 deaths attributable to obesity. This large study also found that among inactive individuals, even small increases in activity may be of benefit, whatever their weight or waist size.

So should we concentrate purely on physical activity and stop worrying about losing weight?


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