• The World Health Organisation (WHO) has prescribed 150 minutes of weekly physical activity.
• The WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health.
• The WHO has stated that physical inactivity is identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.
• Physical Inactivity has major implications for the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the world population.
• Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a non-infectious health condition that tend to be of long duration.
• They are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors. Modifiable behaviours, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol, increase the risk of NCDs.
• The WHO has prescribed adults between the ages of 18 to 64 to
• a) do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or
• b) do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or
• c) an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
• The WHO has also noted that physical activity has psychological benefits. It helps in self-expression, building self-confidence, social interaction and integration.
Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health
Prelims Level: Aerobics 150
Mains level: WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity