The Importance of Exercise
According to the Department of Health one-third of Australia’s chronic disease burden was due to physical inactivity in 2011 resulting in coronary heart disease (33.6%), followed by dementia (18% of total physical inactivity burden), diabetes (16%), bowel cancer (13%) and stroke (12%).
Source: Global Health Risks: mortality ad burden of disease attributable to selected major risks. World Health Organization, 2009.
They also went on to say the seven diseases most closely linked to physical inactivity were diabetes, bowel and uterine cancer, dementia, breast cancer, coronary heart diseases and stroke.