The Price of Inactivity

Updated:Jul 31,2015

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More of us are overweight.

Adult (and childhood) obesity/overweight level continues to increase: 69% of all Adults are obese or overweight.

It is more difficult today to create an active lifestyle.

People are less active due to technology and better mass transportation.

Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950; physically active jobs now make up less than 20% of our workforce. In 1960, about half of the US workforce was physically active.

Our average workweek is longer. Full-time workers in the US work about 47 hours working each week – that’s more than 350 extra hours worked each year.

Extra weight costs us physically and financially.

In 2011, the CDC estimated that healthcare costs exceed $8,600 annually (per capita).

Another study estimated that medical spending attributable to obesity was estimated to be more than $1400 higher than normal weight individuals.

The consequences and problems from our overweight society are sobering. However, we can all make changes. Here's the good news about physical activity and why moving for 30 minutes a day can change your life for the better.

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Last reviewed 1/2015.