Riyadh - SPA
A regional forum on boosting lifelong physical activity started in Dubai. Leaders from
ministries of health, Youth Welfare & Sports, Planning and Transportation attended the
event. With 30% of the world population not exercising physical activity, physical
inactivity is becoming a main reason of increasing non-communicable diseases e.g.
cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases that are
collectively responsible for 60% of deaths in the world each year. A main reason for 27%
of diabetes, 30% of ischemic heart disease, 21% - 25% of breasts and colon cancers,
physical inactivity ranks the fourth among major causes of death in the world besides
tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food.