Inactivity Drives 1 in 14 Deaths Globally, New Data Suggest
The high cost of a sedentary lifestyle just became a bit more evident ― a new global study shows that inactivity drives up to 8% of noncommunicable diseases and mortality. Physical inactivity, defined as engaging in less than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, is estimated to have caused 7.2% (95% CI, 5.4 – 9.0) of all-cause deaths and 7.6% (95% CI, 6.1 – 9.3) of cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths, according to investigators led by Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, associate executive director for population and public health sciences, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
@abhishikta The prevalence-based population-attributable risks (PARs) caused by a sedentary lifestyle range from 1.6% (95% CI, 1.0 – 2.4) for hypertension to 8.1% (95% CI, 2.6 – 14.9) for dementia, report Katzmarzyk and colleagues. PARs are more than twice as high in high-income regions, such as the West and Asia-Pacific, as in low-income areas, such as Oceania, East/Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. In the populous middle-income regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, 69% of total deaths and 74% of CVD deaths are associated with physical inactivity.