According to the WHO, between 2020 and 2030, there will be an estimated 500 million cases of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases.
If governments do not act quickly to encourage more physical activity among their citizens, it will cost about 27 billion dollars annually, he predicted.
He claims that in 2022, governments will be evaluated on how well they are implementing recommendations to promote physical activity among people of all ages and abilities.
According to data from 194 nations, there has been little general progress, and nations need to move more quickly to establish and execute policies that will boost levels of physical activity.
According to Mr. Ghebreyesus, the policies will lessen the strain on already overburdened healthcare systems while also assisting in disease prevention.
He said that fewer than 50% of nations had national physical activity policies, of which fewer than 40% are in effect.
“Only 30 per cent of countries have national physical activity guidelines for all age groups. While nearly all countries report a system for monitoring physical activity in adults, 75 per cent of countries monitor physical activity among adolescents and less than 30 per cent monitor same in children less than five years,” added the WHO director-general.
Only little more than 40% of countries, according to Mr. Ghebreyesus, have rules for road design that increase the safety of bicycling and walking.
He pushed for additional nations to enact regulations that encourage people to engage in more sports, walking, cycling, and other physical activities.
“Countries and partners will use this report to promote more active, healthier, and fairer societies for all,” said the head of WHO.
He claims that the cost of treating new cases of preventable non-communicable diseases would reach approximately $300 billion by 2030, or roughly $27 billion annually, and that physical inactivity has a large economic cost.