Sports or physical activity for the inactive world: should we be encouraging safer physical activity patterns more than sports?

Ahmad Alkhatib

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The scientific evidence on the positive effects of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle is well established. Physical activity has both direct and indirect effects for preventing several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), obesity, diabetes and cancer.1 Healthcare policies across the globe have developed numerous strategies to encourage physical activity with several calls for action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity, such as calls for action in the US Department for health and Human Services in 2001, the UK House of Commons Health Committee report on obesity and the Department of Health physical activity guidelines in 2004.2-4 Moreover, numerous implementation initiatives have encouraged physical activity and sports participation with an aim of achieving health outcomes and cost saving strategies for healthcare
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e10-e11
Number of pages2
JournalObesity Research Open Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2015


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