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Inactivity costs Europe over €80 billion

The total cost to Europe’s economy from inactivity is estimated to be €80.4 billion per year.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has conducted research commissioned by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) which assesses the physical and mental health costs of inactivity for Europe.

Based on data from six European countries – France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK the total cost of inactivity has been derived from the costs of the four major non-communicable diseases (coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and breast cancer) attributed to inactivity and indirect costs relating to mood and anxiety disorders.

The findings show that in Europe, 500,000 deaths per year can be attributed to inactivity.  While in the UK, the figure is as high as 16.9%.

If nothing is done to get people moving and more active in their day to day lives, the study says physical inactivity could pose a bigger risk to public health in the future than smoking.

In order to address the growing issue of inactivity across Europe recommendations are included in the report and focus on sharing successful interventions to promote physical activity, creating partnerships beyond the physical activity sector and recognising the broader impacts of physical activity including social impact, skill development and its positive effect on productivity and performance.

You can download the report here

For more information, visit the CEBR website or the ISCA microsite.


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