Inactivity Time Bomb: Our Sedentary Lifestyles Cost About 5 Million Lives A Year

Cost to the European economy of “doing nothing” is over 80bn Euros per year – 5bn Euros more than the world spends on cancer drugs in a year. But 20 minutes a day of exercise, such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day.

In Europe half a million die every year as a result of being physically inactive. The most common causes of death are from those diseases linked to being physically inactive such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes and colorectal and breast cancer.

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