The World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled its inaugural Global Status Report.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled its inaugural Global Status Report on Physical Activity, revealing worrying statistics and urging global governmental action.
Aug 31, 2023
Breaking News: The World Health Organization (WHO) has unveiled its inaugural Global Status Report on Physical Activity, revealing worrying statistics and urging global governmental action.
81% of young people and 27.5% of adults fall short of WHO's advised physical activity levels.
In affluent countries, 70% of healthcare expenses are projected for illnesses due to physical inactivity.
If the trend continues, about half a billion individuals are at risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other non-transmittable diseases this decade.
The health impacts of inactive lifestyles could potentially cost the global economy over $27 billion annually from 2020 to 2030.
The Situation: Despite the clear advantages of physical activity, not just for individual health but also for societal, environmental, and economic well-being, inactivity rates are surging. For example, US physical activity rates have stagnated since 2008, with only about a quarter of the population achieving the recommended mix of aerobic and strength exercises.
What Can Be Done?
Innovations like 'move-to-earn' startups are emerging, aiming to boost enthusiasm by turning exercise into a game.
Roughly a quarter of US citizens wear a fitness device, which appears to enhance workout consistency.
Activities like pickleball present affordable, social avenues to increase physical activity.
Online and real-life fitness communities are making strides by leveraging the power of social influence.
The Bigger Picture: Addressing this issue goes beyond mere encouragement. Tackling widespread inequalities that hinder people globally from engaging in more physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet is crucial.
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