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"Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health", lead author, Dr. Regina Guthold of the WHO said in a press release.

High-income countries had insufficient physical activity two times higher than low-income countries and that rate increased by five percent between 2001 and 2016. The prevalence for low physical activity levels was more than double in high-income countries than in low-income countries. In the United States, 48% of women and 32% of men are not sufficiently active.

Globally 27 per cent of people do not take enough exercise, compared with 36 per cent in Britain.

The WHO's study was based on data from 358 surveys conducted between 2001 and 2016, including 1.9 million people from 168 countries.

A study has revealed nearly a third of Australians aren't getting enough exercise, putting them at a heightened risk of deadly disease.

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The new report found that around the world, 32 percent of women and 23 percent of men don't get enough exercise, even when accounting for time spent walking or biking to work and physical activity on the job.

The study also said that there has been no improvement in global levels of physical activity since 2001. A total of 43.9 per cent of women in India have been unable to meet the standard physical activity quota while 24.7 per cent of men are inactive.

The highest rates of a sedentary lifestyle in adults populations occurred in 2016 in areas such as Kuwait, American Samoa, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, where over 50% of adults did not engage in enough physical activity to preserve their health.

According to Guthold, the downward trend in physical activity found in the newest study can not be explained by including more countries in the analysis.

Eliminating inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets, study co-author Fiona Bull said. These included activity at work, home, during leisure time and for transport. "A significant increase in national action is urgently needed in most countries", they said.

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More than a billion adults around the world are at risk of serious disease through lack of exercise, a study has shown.

The health problems associated with inactive exercise, according to the report include heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers.

Guthold said that countries and communities alike can address descending levels of exercise by "creating new opportunities and programs to support and engage people to be more active".

Most countries do have policies to tackle the issue of physical inactivity but very few have demonstrated impact. People in poorer nations are more than twice as active as their counterparts in high-income nations.

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