Health Benefits Of Non Communicable Diseases Essay

1426 Words Mar 28th, 2016 6 Pages

The definition of physical inactivity according to Lee et al., (2012) is described as “an activity level insufficient to meet current recommendations” (p. 221). The recommended amount of exercise for an adult is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week (President’s Counsel, n.d.). “Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity (PA) each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week” (President’s Counsel, n.d., para. 1). According to the Presidents Counsel and the other studies used to write this review, regular PA could produce long-term health benefits. Some benefits are the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as coronary heart disease (CHD), some types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Exercise can help decrease obesity and the mortality rate. People of all ages can benefit from some form of PA. It is important for people to become active; the obesity rate has increased significantly over the past 20 years (Myer et al., 2015). In the United States (US), approximately 1/3 of adults and 17% of children and adolescents are considered to be obese (President’s Counsel, n.d). Physical activity could decrease these numbers. If one cannot get the recommended amount each week, some exercise is better than none. In the editorial article by, Sallis in the British journal of sports medicine in 2009, they go on to say, without a doubt, exercise is medicine and it should be seen as a…

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