WHO warned of health risks of a sedentary lifestyle

WHO warned of health risks of a sedentary lifestyle

The internet can be blamed for the increase in sedentary lifestyles, or a lack of time or budget, the fact is that people are sedentary and do not meet the 150 minutes of moderate physical activity at least once a week suggested by the UN health agency.

It is calculated that this number of patients with non-communicable diseases will cost the member states of the European bloc an average of 0.6 percent of their annual health budget.

The WHO believed that moving two and a half hours a week would be enough to avoid 10,000 deaths a year in Europe in the 30-70 age group, a social problem that affects the most vulnerable.

The statistics also showed that women and older people exercise or exercise less regularly, as do people from more disadvantaged socio-economic groups.

For example, only 24 percent of those who identify themselves as working class exercise at least once a week, compared to 51 percent of those in the most economically advantaged social classes.

Sedentary young people in particular are at the center of the experts’ concerns, given a study of nine thousand 16-year-old French people who found they were slower than their peers 30 years ago.

In this context, the WHO suggested that an investment in health means an investment in quality of life: better sleep, less anxiety, healthier bones and muscles and a reduced risk of falls, in short, a longer and maybe even happier life.