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    Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

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    Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by yoly on Thu Jan 15 2015, 12:34

    http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/lack-of-exercise-responsible-for-twice-as-many-deaths-as-obesity

    A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death, according to new research published today. The study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity, but that just a modest increase in physical activity could have significant health benefits.

    This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive
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    Physical inactivity has been consistently associated with an increased risk of early death, as well as being associated with a greater risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Although it may also contribute to an increased body mass index (BMI) and obesity, the association with early death is independent of an individual’s BMI.

    To measure the link between physical inactivity and premature death, and its interaction with obesity, researchers analysed data from 334,161 men and women across Europe participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study. Between 1992 and 2000, the researchers measured height, weight and waist circumference, and used self-assessment to measure levels of physical activity. The participants were then followed up over 12 years, during which 21,438 participants died. The results are published today in the American Journal of Clinical Exercise.

    The researchers found that the greatest reduction in risk of premature death occurred in the comparison between inactive and moderately inactive groups, judged by combining activity at work with recreational activity; just under a quarter (22.7%) of participants were categorised as inactive, reporting no recreational activity in combination with a sedentary occupation. The authors estimate that doing exercise equivalent to just a 20 minute brisk walk each day – burning between 90 and 110 kcal (‘calories’) – would take an individual from the inactive to moderately inactive group and reduce their risk of premature death by between 16-30%. The impact was greatest amongst normal weight individuals, but even those with higher BMI saw a benefit.

    Using the most recent available data on deaths in Europe the researchers estimate that 337,000 of the 9.2 million deaths amongst European men and women were attributable to obesity (classed as a BMI greater than 30): however, double this number of deaths (676,000) could be attributed to physical inactivity.

    Professor Ulf Ekelund from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, who led the study, says: “This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive. Although we found that just 20 minutes would make a difference, we should really be looking to do more than this – physical activity has many proven health benefits and should be an important part of our daily life.”

    Professor Nick Wareham, Director of the MRC Unit, adds: “Helping people to lose weight can be a real challenge, and whilst we should continue to aim at reducing population levels of obesity, public health interventions that encourage people to make small but achievable changes in physical activity can have significant health benefits and may be easier to achieve and maintain.”

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    Ekelund, U et al. Activity and all-cause mortality across levels of overall and abdominal adiposity in European men and women: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study (EPIC). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 14 Jan 2015
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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Jan 15 2015, 12:59

    Funny I just saw this on a news channel and I couldn't help thinking ...... that would be a good article to put on the Forum - and here it is.Smile  

    Exercise does not necessarily mean weight loss but exercise is so good for health when taken in a responsible manner, and taking account of any other health/movement related illnesses.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Any movement or extra movement than normal has just got to be an improvement hasn't it?

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by Eddie on Thu Jan 15 2015, 13:19

    Spotonski Jan

    I look forward to seeing you on the hover later, ironing my shirts and BTW, what's for dinner tonight. lol!



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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Jan 15 2015, 16:13

    lol! to the above post sunny

    My exercise has been high today .......out with the hoover - out with the duster - on with the washing machine ........doesn't leave a lot of time to prepare and cook dinner ...... but worry not, I am prepared. White fish with Mediterranean vegetables and the good old standby buttery mashed swede.

    Now whose turn is it for the washing up - does that count as exercise I wonder?

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by mo1905 on Thu Jan 15 2015, 18:00

    Housework is still considered a workout ! Nice one Jan !


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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Aug 06 2015, 13:09

    There are so many good posts on the Forum. I often go back and have a read of some of the older ones ... refresh my memory. With the summer months here it is always easier to pop out for a walk, or run ... if you would prefer. Get some fresh air, sunshine (good for Vit D!) and exercise can also be a mood lifter!

    Yoly put this original post on and I've just quoted from the first paragraph, but makes you think ...

    "A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death, according to new research published today. The study of over 334,000 European men and women found that twice as many deaths may be attributable to lack of physical activity compared with the number of deaths attributable to obesity, but that just a modest increase in physical activity could have significant health benefits.

    This is a simple message: just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits for people who are physically inactive"

    http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/lack-of-exercise-responsible-for-twice-as-many-deaths-as-obesity

    It's a nice day may just have a walk out later  sunny

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by mo1905 on Thu Aug 06 2015, 14:33

    Great to see this reminder again Jan ! It should be re-posted on a regular basis. It's proof that you can make a big difference by doing something simple. Sure, for some a 20min walk is too much but how about 2 X 10min walks ? How about one 5 min walk ? Anything is better than nothing and it's a start, it's a marker in the sand to improve upon !


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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by zand on Thu Aug 06 2015, 15:39

    Grrrr. I do not like exercise. I'll be keeping away from this thread.
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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by mo1905 on Thu Aug 06 2015, 15:40

    @zand wrote:Grrrr.  I do not like exercise.  I'll be keeping away from this thread.  

    Cool ! You can WALK away from this thread if you like ! About a mile each way will be fine :-)


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    Re: Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

    Post by zand on Thu Aug 06 2015, 16:38

    @mo1905 wrote:
    @zand wrote:Grrrr.  I do not like exercise.  I'll be keeping away from this thread.  

    Cool ! You can WALK away from this thread if you like ! About a mile each way will be fine :-)

    grrrr and to think just a couple of hours ago I was begging you to stay around here.....


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