Research shows that physical inactivity has become a major global concern, with significant economic costs.

Here are some facts:

  • The top 10 killers in the 50 highest-income countries are all connected to a lack of physical inactivity.
  • More deaths are now attributed to physical inactivity than smoking (5.3 million vs. 5 million respectively).
  • The global cost of the five leading non-communicable diseases totaled $6.2 trillion in 2010, all linked to physical inactivity.

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My paper with Juan Zhang on the economic costs of physical inactivity in China.