Inactivity a major threat to physical health

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by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

New statistics show that people who live sedentary lives have an increased risk of early death.

Experts analyzed data from several countries and found that one-in-ten deaths is due to inactivity.

Researchers said people who don't exercise are more likely to develop cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Even light exercise -- such as walking at a moderate pace -- was enough to improve health, the researchers found.

The research was published in The Lancet.

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