Physical Inactivity as a Pervasive Risk Factor

By Reed Humphrey.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Physical inactivity is a significant risk factor for the development of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. It is hypothesized that physical inactivity may fit the framework of a behavioral addiction and that chronic physical inactivity may be consistent with biological adaptation and expectation in human behavior. It is presented in the perspective of similar behavioral addiction paradigms and is related to the existing understanding of interventions used to address behavioral addictions. Given what is known about the health risks of physical inactivity, its prevalence worldwide, and the lack of progress to change this behavior at a population level, innovative perspectives are required to consider new population-based paradigms to change the behavior of the sedentary public. The hypothesis that chronic physical inactivity is a complex behavioral issue complicated by physiological resistance to change is presented to stimulate new thinking regarding interventional approaches.

Keywords: Exercise, Inactivity, Behavior

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 650.104KB).

Dr. Reed Humphrey

Professor & Chair, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA