The obesity epidemic is one that is controversial in its resolution. Researchers feel the lack of physical activity is one of the greatest health threats facing developed nations today and are concerned that 95% of the populations in England and the United States do not meet the recommended guidelines. Guidelines were put forth last year recommending 30 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity on at least five days a week or equivalent.
Many feel the physical inactivity rather than obesity itself is an actual cause for many illnesses including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, mental health problems, high blood pressure and dementia. In addition, weight loss drugs and surgery are risky and the long-term benefits are limited and they certainly do not have the associated health benefits linked to physical activity. They conclude that it is time for health policy and healthcare professionals to focus on fighting physical inactivity, a chronic disease that has an adult population prevalence of 95%.