Inactivity Killing More Than Smoking
Physical inactivity becoming global pandemic: Study
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2012 4:00 AM CDT
Updated Jul 21, 2012 12:59 PM CDT
Young people are getting even less exercise than most adults, researchers found.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The people of the world need to get off their butts, scientists have concluded after an extensive review of global mortality statistics, which revealed that physical inactivity is killing more people than smoking. Researchers, declaring inactivity to be a pandemic, estimate that out of the 57 million or so deaths in 2008, 5.3 million were premature ones caused by a failure to engage in at least 150 minutes of walking or other moderate exercise per week, ABC reports. Tobacco use killed around 5.1 million people the same year.

North Americans and Europeans are global leaders in inactivity, but the rest of the world is starting to catch up, the study found. Many people fail to realize that a sedentary lifestyle, even for people who seem healthy, appears to be as bad for individuals as smoking or being severely overweight, the lead researcher warns. With the Olympics on the way, now is a "good time to remind ourselves that we were meant to be physically active," he says. "It's good for our health. We may not be Olympians, but almost all of us can walk 15 to 30 minutes a day, which would improve health."

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jonnymop
Jul 26, 2012 1:28 AM CDT
The scientist are right. Today, inactivity is killing more people than smoking, thank a god. Thank a god that we live long enough to die from obesity.
smartin007
Jul 22, 2012 2:04 AM CDT
I've been cutting back on computer time. The whole cyberworld thing is the same kind of stuff that parents lecture their kids on when it comes to video games. It's times for adults to practice what they preach to their kids and just take a walk or go for a jog (whatever you can do). Even a little bit is better than nothing. I think some people read this stuff and try on their first time to become "instant Olympians"....instead, just take a walk...or get out...I find it helps put me in a better mood. Sometimes I wonder if dogs get more exercise than many humans when I see their owners taking them out...even a DOG wants to get outside sometimes. DO IT!
BCS
Jul 21, 2012 3:43 PM CDT
and the newser crowd started to drop one by one of blood clots and heart failure. This isn't rocket science, get off your ass, get a life and move around a bit. I love how they say walk 15-30 minutes a day. how about finding a few hobbies that involve physical activity instead of forcing yourself to walk aimlessly. I thought most people were required to move at work too.