Being a couch potato is not just bad for you, it is also one of the factors that cost the economy. A recent study published by The Lancet shows how dearly it costs to be lazy, both for you and the economy.
There are many connections between laziness and health problems, ranging from heart disease to colon cancer. The study looked at laziness and its influence on both personal health and economics.
It is the premiere estimate of the associated costs of an unhealthy, idle lifestyle. The study observed health care costs, decreases in productivity and the decrease of life expectancy for five dangerous diseases which come with physical inactivity.
Experts have found that type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and colon cancer, have a connection to laziness. In 2013 only, these diseases cost the global economy over 67.5 billion dollars.
One of the researchers believes that lack of physical activity is now seen as a global epidemic, that costs the lives of a lot of people and burdens the economy.
Sitting around all day turns out to be as dangerous for health as eating too much, drinking, or smoking. In the US alone, healthcare costs of physical inactivity amount up to 27.8 billion dollars per year.
The lack of physical activity doesn’t just mean looking bad in those tight jeans. It is a huge risk factor of death, across the world.
An inactive lifestyle leads to 5 million deaths a year, almost as bad as smoking, which now takes the lives of 6 million people yearly, according to data from the World Health Organization.
Sitting down at work, in front of the computer or TV screen for eight hours a day, increases your risk for several types of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. But it’s not all bad news. Just one hour of working out per day reduces those chances of death and the associated costs significantly.
The research, based on 2013 data, found twenty-two health conditions linked to inactivity, The World Health Organization points out the need for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week, for adults. Just twenty-five percent of people of adult age around the world get the necessary amount of physical exercise.
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