Alarming Trends: Half of Indian Adults Unfit Due to Physical Inactivity

Irregular Lifestyle and Unbalanced Diet Take a Toll on Health

Half of Indian Adults

New Delhi: In a world where convenience often trumps wellness, our sedentary lifestyles and poor dietary choices are wreaking havoc on our health. The consequences? A growing population of physically unfit individuals who struggle to maintain agility and vitality.

The Lancet Study: A Wake-Up Call for India

A recent study published in The Lancet Global Health has sounded the alarm: Nearly 50 percent of Indian adults are engaging in insufficient levels of physical activity. This trend is particularly pronounced among women, with a staggering 57 percent falling short of recommended activity levels. Men fare slightly better but still lag behind, with 42 percent failing to meet the mark.

India’s Disturbing Trajectory

The situation has worsened over the years. Back in 2000, only 22.3 percent of Indian adults were physically inactive. Fast forward to 2010, and that number had climbed to nearly 34 percent. If current trends persist, the study projects that by 2030, a whopping 60 percent of India’s population could be physically unfitĀ¹.

The WHO Weighs In

The World Health Organization (WHO) corroborates these findings. People are simply not getting enough physical activity to maintain their health. The consequences extend beyond mere fitness strokes, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and cancer risk all rise when physical activity wanes.

The Prescription: 150 to 300 Minutes a Week

To combat this crisis, experts recommend a minimum of 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. Even if you can’t hit the full two-and-a-half-hour mark, dedicating just 70 minutes to exercise can make a significant difference. It’s time for every individual to take responsibility and prioritize their well-being.

India currently ranks 12th globally in terms of physical inactivity and overall health. Let’s reverse this trend and reclaim our vitality. Remember, a healthier nation begins with each one of us making a commitment to move more and sit less.