More Than 1 In 4 Adults Worldwide Physically Inactive, Increasing Risks Of NCDs, WHO Study Shows

BBC News: Lack of exercise puts one in four people at risk, WHO says
“…A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of [adults] worldwide — 1.4 billion — are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001…” (Therrien, 9/5).

CNN: ‘Pandemic’ of inactivity increases disease risk worldwide, WHO study says
“Around the globe, about one in three women and nearly one in four men does not exercise enough to avoid common diseases, a new report shows…” (Scutti, 9/4).

Deutsche Welle: Inactivity puts adults worldwide at risk of disease
“…In 2016, more than a quarter of adults across the world did not exercise sufficiently, according to a study conducted by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO), published [Tuesday] in The Lancet Global Health journal…” (Warneck, 9/4).

Reuters: A quarter of adults are too inactive, putting health at risk
“…The WHO says insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for premature death worldwide. It raises the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes…” (Kelland, 9/4).

U.N. News: Inactivity puts physical and mental health of more than 1.4 billion adults at risk, says WHO
“…Additionally, physical activity has positive effects on mental health, can delay the onset of dementia, and help people maintain a healthy weight…” (9/4).

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