The study, commissioned by ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), shows that half a million Europeans die yearly
due to being physically inactive. The most common causes of death are those diseases linked to being physically inactive, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes and colorectal and breast cancer.
One in four adults across Europe is currently physically inactive – as are four out of five adolescents.
The total cost to Europe’s economy from such widespread inactivity was over €80 billion a year – five billion Euros more than the world spends on cancer drugs yearly.
If nothing is done to get people moving and more active in their day to day lives, physical inactivity could pose a bigger risk to public health in the future than smoking.