Thursday, May 16, 2013

Consequences of Physical Inactivity are Severe

More of us are overweight—Americans in particular. Sorry. It’s the truth. Adult and childhood obesity levels are on the rise and 65% of all Adults are obese or overweight. It is more difficult today to create an active lifestyle as people are less active due to technology and better mass transportation. (In fact, I say this as I sit in front my computer blogging this article to you.) In addition, sedentary jobs have increased over 80% since 1950. Physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforce. That is 50% less than in 1950.

Our average work week is longer. Americans work 47 hours a week which is 164 more hours a year than 20 years ago. Extra weight takes a toll on our health and our wallets.

Obesity costs American companies $225.8B per year in health-related productivity losses. The average healthcare cost exceeds $3,000 per person annually. An obese employee costs employer additional $460 to $2,500 in medical costs and sick days per year.

The consequences and problems from our overweight society are sobering.

But we can all make lifestyle changes and strive to become more physically active. Moving thirty minutes a day can change your life for the better. Just don't follow this idiot's example and get owned by your exercise ball:


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