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Global cost of physical inactivity is estimated at $67.5bn a year

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4187 (Published 28 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4187
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The worldwide economic burden of physical inactivity was at least $67.5bn (£51.5bn; €61.5bn) in 2013—equivalent to the gross domestic product of Costa Rica that year—researchers have estimated.

Their analysis, published in the Lancet, found that the worldwide cost of physical inactivity to healthcare systems was $53.8bn in 2013, of which $31.2bn was paid by the public sector, $12.9bn by the private sector, and $9.7bn by households.1 Physical inactivity related deaths were responsible …

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