According to WHO, 60 to 85% of people in the world from both developed and developing countries, lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time.1This has become a significant public health issue as it is widely linked to a range of chronic health conditions.10 A sedentary lifestyle is a lifestyle with a lot of sitting and lying down, with very little to no exercise, often we will call them “couch potato”. This is seen frequently in the modern times, regardless of working adults or children at school. Many are indulged in accomplishing their work, surfing the internet, watching television, sitting in transportations and many more that does not require any physical movements. It was noted in the findings of a 2016 study published by San Francisco, US-based PLOS One, that Malaysia has been identified as one of the least physically active countries in the world with over 60 percent of adults being essentially sedentary.2Why are these numbers and facts significant? Let’s find out.
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