is Sedentary Death Syndrome?
(AP) - Being fat and out of shape now has a name - sedentary death
at the University of Missouri-Columbia said he invented the term
to drive home his point that, in the United States, even the Grim
Reaper is flabby.
Frank W. Booth
hopes to use the coinage, which he shortens to SeDS, to make the
public and the federal government pay more attention and spend
more money on getting the public to be more active.
that there were approximately 250,000 people in the United States
each year dying of inactivity-related diseases,'' but the phrase
inactivity-related disease lacks pizzazz, Booth said. Without
a catchy name, the condition wasn't getting enough attention,
while I was out jogging, it hit me: Why not call it SeDS?'' Booth
epiphany about two months ago, SeDS has been waiting for its official
unveiling, which it got at a briefing for reporters in Washington.
Most of Booth's backers, about 40 strong, had taken a day trip
from Baltimore, where the American College of Sports Medicine
was holding its annual meeting.
Against SeDS, the organization that Booth founded, and which he
funds out of his own pocket, called for an increase in federal
support for research.
to retain or increase current funding for the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's physical activity and nutrition program.
The new federal budget would cut funding, he said. And he said
the government in general should double the current two percent
of annual health care expenditures that is spent on prevention.
called for the National Institutes of Health to create more programs
that would focus on SeDS research.
scientific consensus is strong that a lack of physical activity
raises the risk of several fatal diseases, Booth conceded that
his estimate of a quarter of a million fatalities is not as firm
as it could be.
is an extrapolation, based on estimates that 750,000 Americans
a year die of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer, and on
research which concluded that one third of those deaths could
be prevented by physical activity, Booth said.
a big number and it's so new,'' so it will take some effort to
make America give SeDS the respect it deserves, Booth said.
To help SeDS
get that respect, Booth's fledgling organization recruited Margo
G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science
in the Public Interest, one of Washington's larger advocacy groups,
to speak at the briefing.
the environmental factors that reduce physical activity, it takes
more than willpower to be physically active,'' Wootan said. Government
agencies should take some of the ease out of modern living, so
physical activity improves as an option, she said.
were designed to be physically active,'' said Scott Gordon of
East Carolina University. The trouble is that hard work, from
farming to simply doing household chores without appliances, is
no longer part of ordinary life for most people, he said.
for activity to be put back in. ``In adults, this may mean planning
exercise into your daily routine,'' he said. ``However, it may
be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator a couple
of times a day.''
his supporters said a special effort must be made to reach children,
so they won't turn fat and weak like their parents and, also like
their parents, get sick and die early.
the greatest tragedy is that ailments previously associated with
the middle-aged and older population will now affect our children,
and will serve to drastically decrease their quality of life,''
said researcher Ron Gomes of the University of Delaware.
Type II diabetes,
also known as adult-onset diabetes, has increased tenfold from
1982 to 1994 among the young, and one third of all new cases are
among people ages 10-19, Gomes said.
W. Booth's SeDS site: http://www.ridinactivity.org/default.htm
for Science in the Public Interest: http://www.cspinet.org
Institutes of Health exercise and fitness information: http://odp.od.nih.gov/whpp/exercise/exercise.html
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