If you were to ask a fitness professional “what is your mission?” most would likely respond with an answer pertaining to “fighting obesity.” A new University of Cambridge study suggests that a major cause of obesity — lack of exercise — causes twice the amount of deaths of actual obesity. The findings are interesting because although obesity has become a global issue, it also reveals that obesity is not always a clear indicator of poor health.
People with an inactive lifestyle are at greater risk of premature death than those suffering from obesity, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Cambridge analyzed over 300,000 European men and women in an extensive 12-year study and found that a lack of exercise is responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity. His team found that if levels of physical activity were increased, mortality rates in Europe would fall by 7.5%, or 676,000 deaths, while cutting obesity levels would only result in 3.6% drop in mortality. Via theweek.co.uk