The impact of obesity and poor physical fitness go hand in hand. When we are immobile for long periods , our blood circulation slows down, we burn fewer calories and our bodies use less blood sugar. The result is increasing risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, muscle and joint problems. As chronic diseases typically manifest later in life, the aging baby boomer population in developed countries adds another negative dimension. At the same time, obesity and poor fitness – primary chronic disease risk factors – continue to increase. And the clustering of these risk factors create the perfect storm for serious health issues that show no signs of slowing down.
Tackling the unhealthy lifestyle leading to obesity and inactivity is paramount if we are to lessen the financial and other pressures on our economy, health systems, individual quality of life and the health of our communities. So unhealthy lifestyle, is everybody’s business!