Why the world needs to be more physically active
More than 60% of all deaths worldwide are from chronic diseases brought on by lifestyle choices. The rise in chronic diseases is linked to four risk factors: smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol intake.
These four behaviors lead to raised blood pressure, obesity and raised cholesterol that cause four main chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.
Changing lifestyle-related behaviors can positively change world health. Given that these diseases can be controlled and prevented, governments, employers, health professionals, healthcare funders and other stakeholders have a responsibility to influence lifestyle behaviors that drive these conditions.