MEDICAL REPORT Can Exercise Deficit Disorder Alter the Way We View Preventative Care? by Gregory Walker, M.D., FAAP; Andrea Stracciolini, M.D. FAAP,FACSM; Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM; and Gregory D. Myer, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS*D hysical inactivity has been identified by the World Health and obesity (4). A recent quantitative systematic review estimated Organization (WHO) as the fourth leading risk factor for that between 5% and 10% of U.S. health care spending was di- global mortality. Increased physical activity in youth may P rectly associated with treating the potentially preventable adverse improve cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk profiles; aug- health outcomes of overweight and obesity (5). It then follows that ment bone mineral density; reduce symptoms of depression; en- if we use the 2012 estimates of U.S. health care spending cur- hance a child’s emotional, social and cognitive well-being; and rently tallied at $2.8 trillion U.S. dollars, approximately increase fundamental movement skills. We have a disease- $140 and $280 billion dollars would be accounted for with this centric model of health care in the United States, where re- calculation (6). Increased physical activity in youth may improve sources are allocated toward treatment of disease rather than cardiovascular and metabolic disease
ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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