Physical Activity 2016: Progress and Challenges

Executive Summary

In 2012, The Lancet published its first Series on physical activity, which concluded that physical inactivity is as important a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases as obesity and tobacco. Four years later, the second Series presents an update of the field, including progress in epidemiological research, global surveillance, intervention strategies, and policy actions. The papers will also feature the largest harmonised meta-analysis on the joint health effects of sedentary behaviour and physical activity, and the first global estimate of the economic burden of physical inactivity.

The Series encourages policy makers to take physical activity more seriously and to provide sufficient capacity and funding to implement national policies. Without a rapid increase in action, the WHO target of a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025 will not be reached. We must continue to strive towards the longer term goal: the integration of physical activity into our daily lives.


  • Physical activity—time to take it seriously and regularly

    Pamela Das, Richard Horton
  • Update on the global pandemic of physical inactivity

    Lars Bo Andersen, Jorge Mota, Loretta Di Pietro
  • Renewing commitments to physical activity targets in Thailand

    Thitikorn Topothai, Orana Chandrasiri, Nucharapon Liangruenrom, Viroj Tangcharoensathien
  • Gender equality in sport for improved public health

    Wendy J Brown, Gregore I Mielke, Tracy L Kolbe-Alexander


  • Pedro Hallal: putting physical activity at the heart of better health

    Richard Lane


  • Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality? A harmonised meta-analysis of data from more than 1 million men and women

    Ulf Ekelund, Jostein Steene-Johannessen, Wendy J Brown, Morten Wang Fagerland, Neville Owen, Kenneth E Powell, Adrian Bauman, I-Min Lee, Lancet Physical Activity Series 2 Executive Committe, Lancet Sedentary Behaviour Working Group
  • The economic burden of physical inactivity: a global analysis of major non-communicable diseases

    Ding Ding, Kenny D Lawson, Tracy L Kolbe-Alexander, Eric A Finkelstein, Peter T Katzmarzyk, Willem van Mechelen, Michael Pratt, Lancet Physical Activity Series 2 Executive Committee


  • Progress in physical activity over the Olympic quadrennium

    James F Sallis, Fiona Bull, Regina Guthold, Gregory W Heath, Shigeru Inoue, Paul Kelly, Adewale L Oyeyemi, Lilian G Perez, Justin Richards, Pedro C Hallal, Lancet Physical Activity Series 2 Executive Committee
  • Scaling up physical activity interventions worldwide: stepping up to larger and smarter approaches to get people moving

    Rodrigo S Reis, Deborah Salvo, David Ogilvie, Estelle V Lambert, Shifalika Goenka, Ross C Brownson, Lancet Physical Activity Series 2 Executive Committee

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Autor / Fonte:The Lancet