EXPLORING A WALKING
WORKSTATION IN SCHOOL
One of the biggest problems facing the global population is obesity.
According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has more
than doubled since 1980 and the number of adults who are overweight
or obese is closing in on 2 billion. These 2 billion adults are putting
themselves at serious risk of ill health, with increased chances of heart
disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. This
trend is being fuelled by two factors: food choices and physical inactivity.
We are living in an age of abundance. There has never been more food
available to more people. In terms of global statistics, overweight adults
are outnumbering malnourished adults by more than 2 to 1. Our
knowledge of nutrition is ever-improving. However the types of food we
choose and the amount we choose to eat is putting our health in danger.
On average, Americans are consuming more than 600 calories more per
day than they were 35 years ago. To put that into perspective, it takes
around 60 minutes of jogging to burn off those 600 calories. They are also
consuming sugar, sodium, refined grains and saturated fat than the
generation before them.
Physical activity is also experiencing a downward trend, particularly in the
developed world. People are working in less active jobs, travelling to
them by less active means of transport, and are participating increasingly
in sedentary pursuits when at home. In the US, only one in three children
are physically active every day and only one in three adults meet the
recommended requirements of 30 minutes of physical activity 3 times