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CUNY Study Finds Sedentary Lifestyles Contribute to Premature Death and Health Inequalities

Dr. Nicolas Freudenberg, a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and colleagues recently published a report about the impact of automobile, construction and entertainment business on physical activity. The work was published in Health Promotion International.

[Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg]

Sedentary lifestyles contribute to premature death and health inequalities.

The research team conducted a scoping review of evidence from several disciplines to describe how the business and political practices of the automobile, construction, and entertainment sectors have encouraged sedentary lifestyles. These industries have intentionally or unintentionally discouraged physical activity. Ceding primary authority for policy decisions in these sectors to the market-based economy has enabled the growth of powerful lobbies that encourage profitability for the industry and also encouraged sedentary lifestyles.

The authors argue that to counteract these influences, public health, and civil society needs to confront more upstream economic and social determinants of sedentary lifestyles. Building on evidence from efforts to change harmful tobacco, alcohol and food industry practices, they propose the creation of research and policy agendas that contribute to public health practice that can modify corporate practices that contribute to physical, social and political environments that discourage physical activity.