- 26 unhealthy conditions
form the syndrome. (click here
to view these conditions)
- One in 10 deaths
is premature due to SeDS.
- The cost of sedentary-related
conditions is $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.
- Children are now
getting adult-onset (type 2) diabetes
- 60% of overweight
children have at least one cardiovascular risk factor.
- Many adolescents
who are in the top 30% projected in body weight are already pre-diabetic.
- Children watching
1 hour of TV a day have less obesity than those watching 4 hr a day.
- Three out of four
adults are sedentary and candidates for SeDS.
- Adult-onset diabetes
increased 5-fold from 1958 to 1996.
- Three days of complete
bed rest produces a prediabetic blood sugar.
- Secretary of Health,
Human Services, and Labor Tommy Thompson estimates that moderate exercise
could prevent 5.8 million new cases of type 2 diabetes.
- The first observable
defect in type 2 diabetes usually often occurs in inactive skeletal
- Adult obesity increased
57% from 1991 to 1999.
- The CDC has written
in JAMA: "Clearly, genes related to obesity are not responsible
for the epidemic of obesity because the US gene pool did not change
significantly between 1991 and 1999." Lack of exercise is an important
- We are performing
less physical activity than our ancestors, but our genes require us
to be active in order to produce proteins that keep us healthy.
- It only takes 600
additional feet of walking each day by adults for the next 10 years
to prevent adding 10 pounds of fat. The distance to prevent adding 10
pounds of fat in the next 10 years for 7- and 15-yr olds is 1200 and
730 feet, respectively, as kids have less weight to carry.
- Physical activity
reduces colon cancer by 50%.
blood lipids are removed from the blood after moderate physical activity.
- The increase in
type 2 diabetes at age 65 yrs is largely due the decrease in physical
activity with aging.
- The 43 million
without health insurance will not have access to expensive gene therapies,
tissue replacements, stem cell therapies, etc. The highest frequency
of chronic diseases occurs in the lower income group. An appropriate
approach would be to practice primary preventive medicine including
30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
- Moderate physical
activity lessens the incidence of the decline in female cognitive function
- The average American
was expected to spend 2.28 yrs during their lifespan in a nursing home
in 1985. A program of physical activity that would delay their entry
to nursing home by 1 year would save $50 billion.
(Sedentary is defined
as less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, equivalent to brisk
walking, each day). Information is based upon US statistics. We strive
to be accurate; please contact us if we are not.