The following list includes information and facts regarding the adverse effects associated with physical inactivity.

  • Inactivity and poor diet cause at least 300,000 deaths a year in the United States.
  • Adults who are less active are at greater risk of dying of heart disease and developing diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure.
  • More than 60% of U.S. adults do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity.
  • Approximately 40% of U.S. adults are not active at all.
  • Physical inactivity is more common among women than men, African American and Hispanic adults than whites, older than younger adults, and the less affluent than more affluent individuals.
  • Social support from family and friends is consistently and positively related to regular physical activity.
  • Inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.
  • People with disabilities are less likely to engage in regular moderate physical activity than people with no physical disabilities, yet they have similar needs to promote health and prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

International Sports Sciences Assoc. (ISSA)  8th Edition Text