This letter was printed in The Times of London on October 30th, 2013.
‘We have become dangerously inactive, as technology and other modern conveniences have engineered physical activity out of daily life.’
Sir, The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive, as technology and other modern conveniences have engineered physical activity out of daily life.
Our children are less active than previous generations. From 1961 to 2005 levels of physical activity dropped by 20 per cent and if current trends continue, will reduce by more than 35 per cent by 2030. As a result, obesity, diabetes and other health disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent. Physical inactivity has become a drain on our economy costing the UK an estimated £20 billion annually.
We need to build physical activity back into our lives.
Today we are pledging our support of the Commission on Physical Activity. The Commission will make recommendations on how best to tackle the crisis of inactivity in the UK, based on evidence from a wide array of expert voices.
The response to this crisis must transcend political boundaries. We must actively engage with this Commission to help to create a future where all generations are physically active and thriving as a result.
Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans
Simon Gillespie, British Heart Foundation
Simon Willis, Young Foundation
Nick Humby, LTA
Bert Hoyt, Nike Western Europe
Richard Scudamore, Premier League
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