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Brits Warned: Inactivity As Deadly As Smoking
Not exercising enough can be as deadly as smoking according to new research - and Britons are some of the worst offenders.
The UK has one of the world's least physically active populations - with just over 63% of people failing to meet recommended levels of physical activity, figures showed.
The finding comes from a series of research papers that also warn inactivity now causes as many deaths worldwide as smoking or obesity.
Britain's high inactivity rate contrasts with France, where fewer than 33% fail to do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity such as brisk walking, each week.
Even the United States has more active citizens - fewer than 41% take no exercise.
"Trends are leading to less not more activity," warned Dr Pedro Hallal from the Federal University of Pelotas, in Brazil.
The Lancet medical journal has published several studies underlining the risks of not taking exercise.
Another study, by doctors at Harvard Medical School, warns that 5.3 million people died in 2008 because they did less activity than recommended.
Overall, 9% of deaths were due to inactivity. But the UK's higher levels of inactivity resulted in double the death rate - 17%.
Dr I-Min Lee of Harvard Medical School in Boston blamed Britain's poor weather and sports infrastructure for low levels of activity.
But she told Sky News that people can - and must - change their lifestyles.
"You can't be an Olympian but you can do enough physical activity to be healthy.
"I do not mean for you to go out and run a marathon. If you can fit in 15-30 minutes of moderate activity a day - commuting, walking the dog, playing with grandkids, doing more vigorous housework... all these things will count."
Damian Korczyk has lost 7st since joining a gym.
He said: "The best thing is to have a healthy life, don't smoke and exercise every day. I feel much better because I use the gym."
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what do you think?
Everyone of us is going to die someday, fact. The meaning of life is to be happy. Eat what you want, drink what you want, smoke what you want. Enjoy yourself, its later than you think. . .
....very true! ....the best of times is now!
Too many screens to look at; t.v, computer, games consoles, etc. We need to limit the time sat on our behinds and get out in the rain..lol.
Great philosophy Stevie. But just how happy can a fat, nicotine stained, chain-smoking tub of lard with a low life expectancy be in this world?
Probably happier than you think,funnily enough!
Happiness is a state of mind
Add life to your days, not days to your life
Is that your favourite saying, tricky! Lol!
Some people are fat some are slim, some are tall some are small, stop trying to make everyone the same, how boring life would be, not able to pull a fatty or remark on their weight gain or loss..lol
some are lazy and glutinous, should be denied medical help till they lose weight
how dumb do they think people in this country are? eat less and be healthy,in other words stop costing the nhs more money because youre fat and our country is skint,pity they dont apply the same methods towards immigration :(((
....in a perfect world, a gym is boring, fact! If you go to a gym, it has to be forever, as soon as you stop, all the hard work you put in, is cancelled out, sunny bee is spot on, we are a nation of screen addicts, what am I doing now? :-/ it's not going to get better, because technology is always marching forward, it's like that zager and Evans song.....in the year 2525! The best thing I did was to get a dog, you can find reasens to not go to a gym,.....you cannot refuse a pair of pleading brown eyes! I think stress is the biggest killer of all, worrying about what we eat, etc, stevie may has the best idea, enjoy yourselves!
It's not good. I notice it in the street. Our addiction to fast food and unhealthy sugar, fat and salt laden goods from supermarkets is at the root of it and probably more responsible than lack of exercise. Compare the French national attitude to food and cuisine to that of the UK eg they would not allow to pass their lips the rubbish that we call bread. Spain too; I was in Barcelona last year and had difficulty finding a takeaway. Big fast food and supermarket chains have ruined our culture of cooking and healthy eating. We need to sort that out somehow.
I applaud you, well said!!!!
d and d Phillips
Better warn the Government then that their inactivity is life threatening.
It's been obvious for the last 10 years that a high percentage of people in this country are not living healthy life styles. It's not the government's responsibility but if you really want some positive action from them a fat tax may be a good thing. This would help support the extra cost they cause to the NHS etc.
Peter, I don't agree that taxation is always the answer to the woes of society. We are supposed to be a free democracy and have freedom of choice. We need to encourage a culture of healthy activity by making it accessable to all and that means making it free or as cheap as possible eg remove VAT from bicycle sales.
How about better pay and less working hours, this would increase your quality of life and give you the time and energy to pursue a healthier lifestyle....why have you fallen for the taxation rhetoric....?
If there is a famine who do you think will inherit the earth, the stick thin people? I think not. The plump will triumph!
I'd leave a comment but I just can't be a r s e d..........
Dr I-Min Lee of Harvard Medical School in Boston blamed Britain's poor weather for low levels of activity. There you have it in a nutshell,tow us out to the Med then watch things change
Hahaaaaa! Like it!
Yes there are a load of lazy people out there. How many people do you see in supermarkets, parking in disabled spaces just so they can nip into the store without having to walk far. I always park at the far end so I have to walk. I take stairs instead of lifts or escalators and always make sure I exercise 20 minutes a day at minimum. Mind you I am an exercise freak. :)
No, Valerie, I think you got the right idea! Small things adding up to a lot, the only people that benefit from gyms are those that own them! ;-)
Well said Valerie and Julie. Absolutely spot on!
i don't think eating healthy is enough you still need to exercise if your out of breath going up and down stairs - you need to exercise i ask people who state there on a permanent diet, what exercise do they do and how long for! they don't. dieting alone is not enough trust me, pushing your body out of it's comfort zone is hard work but you feel great after. if you keep pushing yourself, you'll keep moving the pain barrier and you will start to feel motivated and fantastic.
...so those extra years you live are actualy spent in the gym?
They want us all to not die from unhealthy life styles in order for us to do what? Cut grass? Paint fences? Join their armies and go to die in a war or be maimed? Be their slaves? They want us all to not die from unhealthy life styles leaving us to do precisely ... what? Sit and watch Coronation Street all day long? Play table tennis? We ... we are all dying, happily from unhealthy life styles because ... everybody tries to ruin our lives. They want us all to not die from unhealthy life styles so we can all end up in retirement homes practically unable to sit up out of a chair and be wheeled to a bathroom all day long in a wheelchair? Well, we don't want to do that, so we're going to buy ultra-cholesterol, multiple layered beefburgers, cheeseburgers and cheese cakes and drop dead!
They want us to stay alive to pay taxes to keep them in thier cosy stress-free existences.
Fair play, Adrian,....hate to admit it,....you've got a point, lol!
go to the pub and give yourself a 10 pint arm workout my g iuns have never been bigger but my beer belly is shocking
While we are talking about lack of excersise and people being overweight, would larger ladies refrain from wearing leggings and short tops? Not a pretty sight!
Ohhh how I agree with you Joan! Do they really think they look nice?
I think they should invest in a full length mirror and look into it before they leave home! Thanks Julie.
You know, it fascinates me the "get ups" people go out in,....large females bending over in asda displaying a grey looking thong! Eww! We will probably get comments saying we are being catty, but you have to know your limitations to what you can wear, and it doesn't matter a bit how big they are, I have seen many a larger lady dressed elegantly, it's never about size, .....it's about style!
That is so true Julie. I'm not exactly sylph like myself but I do (hopefully) dress appropriately for my age and size. I honestly wonder if people really do care how they look any more!
I'm carrying an extra stone, so def no what's a no no! I love the youngsters with their "goth" style, ok, not everyone's taste, but striking! As are a lot of way out fashions, being different is never a crime,....it's the sloppiness of some people that gets me!