People who are insufficiently active have a 20-30% increased of risk of death compared to people who engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days.
Physical activity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of global deaths), and is estimated to be the main cause for 21-25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and 30% of ischaemic heart disease. (WHO)
Evidence shows that the most significant gains in health benefits accrue if an inactive person starts to do even a small amount of activity.
Health Costs of physical inactivity
|Disease category||LB Bexley||London||England|
|Cancer low GI||£327,040||£9,647,613||£67,815,189|
|Coronary heart disease||£1,270,290||£68,351,198||£481,095,943|
|Cost per 100,000 population||£1,254,523||£1,776,346||£1,817,285|
|Source: Sport England commissioned data from British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group for PCTs, reworked into estimates for LAs by TBR. Measures: Health costs of physical activity split by disease type. Time periods: 2009/10|