An Epidemic Called Laziness

Ramesh Chandra Parida & Pranab Kumar Ghosh

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On 26 November 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the updated guidelines on sedentary behaviour, pointing out that at present one in every four adults and four in five adolescents are not doing enough physical activity necessary for the maintenance of good health. It has recommended at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity for adults per week and an hour per day for kids and teens. Otherwise, according to it, the world may need an extra expenditure of $54 billion per year for health care and lose another $14 billion in terms of productivity. Besides, it may also be the cause of 5 million deaths annually.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic further complicated the scenario the past year making people housebound. But the bulk of the blame goes to mechanization that began with the Industrial Revolution which changed our lifestyle from active to sedentary...read more