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Living Like a Couch Potato Is as Dangerous as Smoking Cigarettes

You can add “being a couch potato” to the list of things including “drinking soda” and “working a desk job” that are as deadly as a tobacco habit. From The Telegraph in the UK, “A landmark report by Public Health England (PHE) says lack of exercise is as dangerous as smoking—directly contributing to one in six deaths.” The paper says that the problem is so bad that “the welfare state in Britain could collapse under the burden of self-inflicted diseases.” Officials behind the report said that 10 percent of cases of stroke and heart disease could possibly be prevented if individuals who had almost no physical activity started moderately exercising regularly …

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