Inactivity Kills More Than Obesity

Inactivity kills more than obesity

Inactivity Kills More Than Obesity

Researchers followed 334,161 Europeans for 12 years and found that inactivity kills more than obesity. They assessed exercise levels and waistlines and recorded every death.

“The greatest risk [of an early death] was in those classed inactive, and that was consistent in normal weight, overweight and obese people,” one of the researchers, Prof Ulf Ekelund told BBC News.

He said eliminating inactivity in Europe would cut mortality rates by nearly 7.5%, or 676,000 deaths, but eliminating obesity would cut rates by just 3.6%.

Prof Ekelund added: “But I don’t think it’s a case of one or the other. We should also strive to reduce obesity, but I do think physical activity needs to be recognised as a very important public health strategy.”

Not something most of you need worry about as you are very active but it is always reassuring that science confirms that you are taking the correct path for your long term health!

For the full article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30812439

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