Breast Cancer and Other Ills Linked to Physical Inactivity Drain Billions from World Economies

Breast Cancer and Other Ills Linked to Physical Inactivity Drain Billions from World Economies
Diseases linked to physical inactivity, from heart disease to breast cancer, cost almost $68 billion worldwide in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity in 2013, a study of the economic impact of our increasingly sedentary world revealed. Dr. Melody Ding, a senior research fellow from the University of Sydney, Australia, led the study, “The economic burden of physical inactivity: a global analysis of major non-communicable diseases,”  published in The Lancet Series: Physical Activity. “Physical inactivity is recognized as a global pandemic that not only leads to diseases and early deaths, but imposes a major burden to the economy,” Ding said in a press release. “Based on our data, physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.8 billion in 2013, with Australia footing a bill of more than AUD $805 million. At a global and individual country level, these figures are likely to be an underestimate of the real cost, because of the conservative methodologies used by the team and lack of data in many countries.” Using data from 142 countries – representing 93.2% of the globe’s population – the researchers estimated for the first time the financial costs of physical inactivity by examining the direct healthcare costs, productivity losses and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for five major disease linked to inactivity: coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast c
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