1.4 billion adults risk disease from doing too little exercise, says article in respected medical magazine
36 per cent of adults in the UK are insufficiently active, claims the study. Governments must provide and maintain infrastructure that promotes increased walking and cycling for transport, say the study’s authors.
1.4 billion adults around the world have a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and cardiovascular disease, because they do too little physical activity, according to data which estimates global physical activity trends over time. The study was undertaken by researchers from the World Health Organization and has just been published in The Lancet Global Health journal.
“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,” warns the study’s lead author, Dr Regina Guthold.
The study says “National policy needs to be implemented to encourage non-motorised modes of transportation, such as walking and cycling… …Effective policies include improved provision of cycling and walking infrastructure, improving road safety.”