By Thierry Malleret, economist
It’s surprising that the wellness industry hasn’t paid more attention to endocrine disruptors—a “silent killer” of wellbeing for both humans and the planet. Endocrine disruptors, more specifically Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), most originating in the agrochemical industry (such as pesticides, plastics, etc.), are linked to numerous adverse health outcomes such as alterations in sperm quality and fertility, early puberty, altered nervous system and immune function, certain cancers, and respiratory problems—both in humans and wildlife. There is strong, recent evidence that exposure to toxic EDCs should be reduced through regulatory action.
A new study from Kaiser Permanente Southern California of 50,000 people who developed COVID had some striking findings: People who exercised for 10 minutes or less each week ended up hospitalized because of COVID at twice the rate of people who exercised 150 minutes a week—and were 2.5 times more likely to die. The researchers noted that being sedentary (something you can do something about) was the greatest risk factor for severe COVID beyond being elderly or an organ recipient (which you can’t change).
By Katherine Johnston and Ophelia Yeung, GWI senior research fellows
The $828 billion global physical activity market, while enormous, is currently only engaging about one-third of the world’s population. According to The Lancet, one-quarter to one-third of adults around the world are not getting sufficient physical activity by any method (via natural movement or recreational activities). This represents an incredible public health challenge, and the solution lies in addressing the major barriers to physical activity across all spheres of life—from leisure and recreation options to increasing the natural movement embedded in daily life.
GWI’s research explores the major motivations and barriers to physical activity worldwide.