Most of us are lazy, new health study finds

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Dis­cov­ery Vi­tal­ity re­leased its ObeCity In­dex this week com­piled from re­search done on 170 000 mem­bers of Dis­cov­ery’s Vi­tal­ity pro­gramme.

Par­tic­i­pants in the study were asked to an­swer in-depth ques­tions about their habits and life­style. Health is the key that South Africans need to get the coun­try’s econ­omy and pro­duc­tiv­ity im­proved, ac­cord­ing to Dr Craig Nos­sel, cur­rent head of Vi­tal­ity Well­ness.

“It is nec­es­sary for peo­ple to know th­ese facts, not only for aware­ness but so that peo­ple can start talk­ing about it,” he said.

Pro­fes­sor Mar­janne Senekal, head of the Univer­sity of Cape Town’s depart­ment of hu­man nu­tri­tion, said the out­line of the re­search re­sults in­di­cate that South Africans’ daily rou­tine is not what it should be.

“Peo­ple think if they have a half-hour work-out it’s enough, but it is not.”

The re­search sug­gests that the av­er­age South African spends 90% of the day sit­ting and only ex­er­cises for half an hour.

They also eat a lot more fast food than they should. The av­er­age South African sits Eown for 90% of the Eay One in two aEults vis­its KFC more than once a month

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