Lack of Exercise Now "Killing as Many as Smoking"
5.3 million develop chronic disease
A lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world, according to a new study reported by the BBC.
The report estimates that about a third of adults are not doing enough physical activity, increasing their chance of developing a chronic disease, and leading to 5.3 million deaths a year.
Researchers said the problem is so severe it should now be treated as a pandemic.
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They suggested not only that the governments make physical activity more convenient and affordable and safe, but that they approach the public differently: warn them about the dangers of inactivity rather than just remind them of the benefits of being active.
It is recommended that adults do 150 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, each week.