Physical inactivity should be closely monitored as a risk factor in clinical medical practice and national surveillance systems, recommends a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
[Dr. Rodrigo Reis]
Increasing levels of physical activity will require collaboration between schools, urban planning, transportation, sports, recreation and environmental sectors, the paper finds.
“Large-scale problems require large-scale solutions, and we need the committed and joint efforts of all sectors of government and society to tackle the global public health challenge of inactivity,” wrote Dr. Rodrigo Reis, professor at the Brown School and co-author of the study.
The report draws from a comprehensive literature review and interviews with researchers and practitioners from high- and low-income countries to reveal the best ways to increase the use of successful interventions to get people moving.
The paper is part of a four-paper series published in The Lancet. Among other findings, the series shows that physical inactivity costs the global economy more than $67.5 billion a year in health care costs and lost productivity.