10 Doctors 'Weigh In' - 10 Unusual & Real Issues With Inactivity

SILVER SPRING, MD – June 12, 2013 – The medical profession has spoken about obesity.  Now, it’s time for the general public to listen.  Based on research conducted by PHIT America, the negative side effects of America’s inactivity pandemic are startling, yet true.  

“Wow!  As you will see, the comments from the medical profession about inactivity are strong, profound, and eye-opening” said Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America, a cause designed to create a Movement for a Fit and Healthy America.  “It’s time for Americans of all ages to get active – today.”

Listed below are ten different comments from ten different members of the medical profession about the side effects of inactivity (and next week, PHIT America will release 10 positive side effects of physical activity):

  1. Inactivity Forces Natural Fat Burners to Plummet by 50% - “Key flab-burning enzymes responsible for breaking down triglycerides (a type of fat) simply start switching off. Sit for a full day and those fat burners plummet by 50 percent.” --James Levine, MD & PhD, Mayo Clinic; Source: Women’s Health
  2. Sedentary Crisis Affects the Sleep of Up To 5 Million People - "Obesity is almost certainly the biggest factor in causing sleep apnea.  There are probably 4 million to 4 million more likely to have sleep apnea due to the obesity epidemic" ” -- Paul Peppard, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Source: WebMD
  3. Sedentary Children Have 9 Times Poorer Motor Coordination - “Childhood is a critical time for the development of motor coordination skills which are essential for health and well-being. We know that sedentary lifestyles have a negative effect on these skills and are associated with decreased fitness, lower self-esteem, decreased academic achievement and increased obesity.” -- Dr. Luis Lopes, University of Minho, Portugal; Source: ScienceDaily
  4. Inactive Children 63% More Likely To Be Victims of Bullying - "So many kids are obese now. In some schools, half the class may be overweight...so I really thought that maybe being obese really doesn't result in being bullied as much anymore. I was wrong."-- Dr. Julie C. Lumeng from University of Michigan; Source:  Los Angeles Times
  5. Inactive Women 90% Greater Risk of Kidney Stones; Inactive Men, 33% Greater Risk - “Our study demonstrated that multiple measures of larger body size, including weight circumference, higher weight, and higher BMI were related to an elevated risk of kidney stones. In addition weight gain over time was associated with an increased risk of stones.”-- Dr. Eric Taylor; Source: Urology Times
  6. Newborns of Inactive and Obese Mothers Are 3.5 Times More Likely To Have Birth Defects -“Babies of obese mothers are 3.5 times more likely to have a neural tube defect and twice as likely to have congenital heart disease.” -- Dr. Sarbattama Sen; Source: WBUR-FM
  7. Sedentary Lifestyles Cause 31% Higher Risk of Mental Disorders - "Subjects with maximum levels of sedentary habits showed a 31% increased risk for developing mental disorders." -- Dr. Sanchez-Villegas, Cohort Study from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Source: Physical Activity, Sedentary Index, and Mental Disorders in the Sun Study (2008)
  8. Inactive Life Leads to 44% Lower Sperm Count - "Our finding suggests that a more physically active lifestyle may improve semen quality." -- Dr. Jorge Chavarro, Harvard; Source: NBC News
  9. Inactive Patients Face Obesity Bias in Up To 50% of Doctors - 2003 University of Penn study showed “more than ½ of 620 surveyed primary care doctors” held bias toward obese patients; Source: ResearchGate
  10. Six Hours of Inactivity Lead To 4.8 Less Years of Life Expectancy - “People who watched an average six hours of TV a day lived an average 4.8 years fewer than those who didn’t watch any television, the study found.”-- Dr. Lennert Veerman, University of Queensland; Source:  Time

“PHIT America has solutions to helping the U.S. overcome the inactivity pandemic and obesity epidemic.  It all starts with regular physical activity and getting daily P.E. back in schools,” said Baugh.

PHIT America Solutions

PHIT America has specific solutions to the inactivity pandemic and everybody can play a part in helping America get in shape.  

  1. Advocate.  Contact your Members of Congress to encourage them to pass key legislation (The PHIT Act and The PEP Program) that will help Americans become more active.
  2. Participate.  If you are interested in playing one a sport or activity, but don’t know where to go in your area, PHIT America can help! Check out the Participate Database on PHITAmerica.org.  On this webpage, there are 60 sports and activities with different ways to get involved. Click on any of these links and you will find locations in your area.
  3. Motivate a Friend to get active, fit & healthy. We all have friends who are not active to healthy standards. Sit down with them and encourage them to join our team. Be part of the Movement for a Fit & Healthy America. Use our Participate Database to find a sport, activity and location for them to start their journey.
  4. Prioritize.  Pursue an activity that is a fun outlet for you.  Successful exercise enthusiasts find on athletic or recreational outlet that helps take the ‘work’ of out the workout!   

PHIT America is a not-for-profit corporation started in early 2013 and has 135 corporate sponsors supporting our cause.  For more information about PHIT America, visit www.PHITAmerica.org.

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