21 Jul '12, 12pm

Couch Potato Lifestyle Kills 5 Million Worldwide Every Year, Study Says

Couch Potato Lifestyle Kills 5 Million Worldwide Every Year, Study Says

Are you an adult? Check. Are you from a wealthy country? Check. Are you from planet Earth? Check. Unfortunately, you're most likely to be one of the nearly 5 million people that die each year from physical inactivity, according to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet and reported on Yahoo News . One third of the world's population doesn't get enough exercise and the problem is even worse in wealthier nations. We're not talking a marathon here either--researchers consider ample physical activity as 30 minutes of moderate activity five times per week or vigorous physical activity three times per week. This means walking for 30 minutes five times per week or running for 20 minutes three times per week. Couch Potato Lifestyle Spreads to Our Children As we age we do less and less, so starting off inactive increases the problem. "Roughly three of every 10 indi...

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