(Mirror Daily, United States) – Dodging exercise is not only unhealthy but also financially burdening. A Lancet study found that physical inactivity costs the U.S. $27.8 billion every year, and the world $67.5 billion.
Study authors found that laziness does not only have a major impact on one’s self esteem. It is also extremely resource-consuming as overweight and obesity often lead to other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more. Additionally, obesity is one of the top risk factors for a premature death globally.
Australian researchers from the University of Sydney learned that staying physically inactive can not take only a toll on looks and health but also on world’s economies. Reportedly, more than $67 billion dollars are lost every year because inactive people become less healthy and productive.
Researchers estimate that of the total sum, $13.7 billion represent indirect costs tied to dips in productivity caused by premature deaths. Of the $67.5 billion, $27.8 billion are lost in the United States alone.
Past studies had linked lack of physical activity to early death. Globally, about 5 million people are killed by a sedentary life, who are about as many as those who die from smoking. A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that smoking kills 6 million people each year.
Many studies have tied prolonged sitting and an inactive lifestyle to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases, and cancer. A recent study has shown that moderate physical exercise done for about an hour can offset these negative health outcomes.
That study also showed that it is necessary to take up a new sport or go to a fitness club. You can get an hour of exercise from little bits of workout such as 5-minute pauses when working, cycling to work, brisk walking or stair climbing.
Authors of the latest study, however, said that the figures may be two to three times higher as health care costs and productivity loss often go under-reported. Moreover, richer economies are the worst hit as productivity losses are higher there. In countries with weaker economies, physical inactivity often generates more health care costs.
The Lancet study was based on data on health care costs linked to five diseases that could be easily prevented if people exercised more: breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and colon cancer. Still, researchers estimate that there are 22 more diseases linked to physical inactivity, so they have in plan a follow-up study.
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