News By/Courtesy: Pramila Bhatt | 01 Nov 2018 19:14pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • By not getting enough exercise, more than 1.4 billion adults across the globe are putting themselves at a giant risk of deadly diseases.
  • Globally, one third of women and one fourth of men are in the firing line for deadly diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer unless they increase their physical activities, said WHO
  • Level of insufficient activity to defend against the non-communicable deadly diseases, like dementia and cardiovascular, is more than twice as high in high-income nations.

By not getting enough exercise, more than 1.4 billion adults across the globe are putting themselves at a giant risk of deadly diseases, the doctors are warning, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in nearly twenty years. Globally, one third of women and one fourth of men are in the firing line for deadly diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer unless they increase their physical activities, said World Health Organisation (WHO), with richer nations enjoying a highly comfortable, sedentary lifestyle. According to a study of world exercise levels published on Wednesday by The Lancet Global Health Journal,” insufficient physical activity is the topmost factor for non-communicable diseases and have a negative effect on mental health and quality of life.” Recommendations of WHO for each adult is “moderate intensity” exercise- such as brisk walking, swimming or gentle cycling- each week for at least 150 minutes or a 75 minute “vigorous intensity” activity like running or team game. In a study of 2016, activity levels of 1.9 million people in 168 countries around the globe, were traced. Even after number of public health initiatives extolling the benefits of exercise, the researchers discovered that there has been no improvement in the level of physical activity since 2001. As per the data, more than one fourth of the total adults of the globe that is 1.4 billion people were found insufficiently active.  WHO’s lead study author, Regina Guthold, to encourage people told AFP,” We definitely haven’t done enough and we have seen basically no progress.” The authors of the study highlighted various trends across the globe to worry like a divide in exercise rates between the rich and poor, or between men and women. Level of insufficient activity to defend against the non-communicable deadly diseases, like dementia and cardiovascular, is more than twice as high in high-income nations as compared to the developing nations. Guthold said that the thread between the way of life in wealthier nations like more time indoor, long office hours, easy availability of high-calorie food and low exercise level, was a kind of a “clear pattern” of poorer health conditions upcoming with urbanisation.

 

 

 

 

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 01 Nov 2018 19:23pm IST


Tags : #PoorHealth#Check Your routine#DoExercise

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