Inactivity kills more than obesity
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that lack of exercise could be more dangerous to your health than being obese. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. found that about 676,000 deaths in Europe each year could be attributed to inactivity, whereas 337,000 deaths were the result of obesity.
To conduct their study, the scientists followed 334,161 Europeans for 12 years. After assessing exercise levels and waistlines and recording every death, they found that the greatest risk of an early death occurred in those classified as “inactive.” This remained consistent across all weight categories. Obese people who exercised were found to be in better health than those that did not.
Overall, the research team concluded that if people did 20 minutes of brisk walking a day, they could see significant benefits.