World Health Organization publishes large-scale study on dangerous trend to reduce physical activity

The prestigious medicine journal The Lancet has published a statistical study conducted by experts from the World Health Organization on adults from 168 countries, reporting a dangerous world-scale trend to steadily reduce physical activity. The article reports that as many as 27.5% of adults did not practice enough physical activity in 2016, which made them more exposed to pathologies with strongly negative effect on quality of life.

The country with the highest percentage of adults practicing insufficient physical activity, or no physical activity at all–is Kuwait (67%), followed by American Samoa (53%), Saudi Arabia (53%) and Iraq (52%).  The average percentage of adults not performing any physical activity in industrialized countries is 37 %. If sex is considered as a parameter, women generally practice less physical activity than men, with a difference of 8 percentage points. This trend is due to excessive time spent sitting down at work, or on means of transport, to reach or go back from workplaces. The World Health Organization is highly committed to raising public awareness about the issue and recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, that is simply some brisk walking or cycling. The recommended amount for children is 60 minutes a day.

(Source: The Lancet)