Katzmarzyk 2000 - "The Economic Burden of Physical Inactivity in Canada"

Katzmarzyk, Peter T; Gledhill, Norman; Shephard, Roy J.
"The Economic Burden of Physical Inactivity in Canada"
Canadian Medical Association Journal
November 28, 2002; v.163, n.11; 1435-1440
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The authors reviewed the literature to calculate the burden of physical inactivity in Canada. They conclude that physical inactivity costs Canada about $2.1 billion, or 2.5% of total direct health costs.  The also calculate the about 21,000 lives were lost prematurely in 1995 and that a 10% reduction in inactivity could save Canada $150 million a year.

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