According to experts, very little progress has been made in reducing levels of idleness internationally. According to a WHO report which estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide, around 1.4 billion are not doing an adequate amount of physical exercise, a figure that has hardly improved since 2001.
Idleness increases the risk of a push of health problems, diseases such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. High-income countries, including the UK, were along with the least energetic.
And women were found to be more inactive all through the world, with the exemption of two regions of Asia. Researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) looked at self-reported data on activity from three hundred and fifty eight population-based surveys in 168 countries, including 1.9 million people, for their study in The Lancet Public Health.
They found in high-income countries, which include the UK and the USA, the proportion of inactive people had risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, while in low-income countries it had remained established at 16%.
Those who were classed as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise – or 75 minutes at an energetic passion during a week. Countries driving the upwards trend in activeness included Germany, New Zealand and the US.
Women were less active than men in all except in the countries of East and South-East Asia, with the biggest differences being in South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and high-income Western countries.
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