Kenyans leading in unhealthy and unfit lifestyle


A recent global report by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that Kenyans are leading unhealthy and unfit lifestyle.

The report released on Wednesday 15.4 per cent of adult Kenyans do not engage in active physical exercise as recommended by world standards which three is three times more compared to Ugandans whose inactive population is at 5.5 per cent.

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According to WHO, every average adult should at least engage in 150 minutes of moderate exercise and 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity in a week but the most worrying fact according to the report is that 1.4 billion people representing a quarter of the global population are no actively involved in physical exercises.

The study was conducted in 168 countries in the world with 1.9 million participants, with Uganda leading the least number of people who are not active enough alongside Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Niue, Vanuatu and Togo in which the seven countries had less than 10 per cent less active population.

In a shocking revelation by the report, four countries with the highest number of people who are not active as it should be was Kuwait, American Samoa, Saudi Arabia and Iraq with Kuwait leading with 67 per cent of its population.

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In a rather peculiar scenario, the study found out that countries with more active people are likely to be poor compared to those who are less active.

“Levels of insufficient physical activity are particularly high and still rising in high-income countries,” read the report.

The study was conducted in 2015 by STEPS Survey under the WHO umbrella through which 4,127 Kenyans were reached both from the rural and Urban set ups with the aim of investigating the reason behind increased non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cancer and among other lifestyle diseases.

The study concluded that in Kenya, there is a higher number of women (16.9 per cent) not involved in active physical activity as recommended compared to the number of men (15.9). This was attributed to the less desire for intense physical activity by women unlike men.