(UPI) The first study to quantify the global cost of individuals' physical inactivity puts the tab at $67.5 billion per year.
Researchers at Australia's University of Sydney, using 2013 data from 142 countries, studied five major non-communicable diseases, incidences of which could be reduced by exercise -- coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. They calculated the direct cost of healthcare at about $54 billion and indirect costs, including lost productivity due to early death, at another $13.7 billion.
More than 40 percent of the total, $27.8 billion, is attributed to the United States.[Click the title, above, to post a comment.]