Posts Tagged ‘premature death’

Are There More Deaths from Lack of Exercise or from Obesity?

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that twice as many deaths may be attributed to the lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributed to obesity and a brisk 20 minute walk daily could reduce an individual’s risk of early death. . Physical inactivity has  consistently been associated with a great risk of heart disease, cancer and early death.,

In the sample of over 334,000 European men and women followed over twelve years researchers measured height, weight, and waist circumference, and used self-assessment to measure levels of physical activity. Findings showed that the greatest reduction in risk of premature death occurred in the comparison between inactive and moderately inactive groups based upon combining activities at work with recreational activities. Just under a quarter  (22.7%)of subjects were inactive based upon reporting of no recreational activity combined with a sedentary occupation. Researchers estimated that doing exercise equivalent to a 20 minute brisk walk daily would move an individual from the inactive to moderately inactive group and reduce their risk of premature death by between 16 and 30 percent. This was greatest among normal weight subjects but even those with a higher BMI saw benefits.

Using the most recent available death rates in Europe they estimated 337,000 of the 9.2 million deaths among Europeans were attributed to obesity (classed as a BMI greater than 30) but double this number of deaths (676,000) could be attributed to physical inactivity. Researchers said the message is that just a small amount of physical activity daily could have substantial health benefits.

Many Health Risks Reduced by Regular Exercise

Friday, November 26th, 2010


There has been much research published in the past on the effects of regular exercise on preventing many health concerns. However, the following is reported here because the authors reviewed 40 of the most important recent papers and summarized the findings from these reports. Published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice the authors concluded thatwith the exception of not smoking, regular exercise is the most important lifestyle change an individual interested in maintaining his health can make. This change could reduce the risk of developing about 25 physical or mental conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, haemorrhagic stroke, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, obesity, dementia and premature death. Recommendations for the frequency and type of exercise, thet age at which it should start, and other important information is provided. For those health conscious readers who wish to improve their health the article is recommended. See the following link for the full report.