1. State of play: an alarming and unacceptable level of physical inactivity across the EU

The detriments caused by the lack of physical activity in Europe are well recorded, as are the significant economic costs associated with the effects of sedentary lifestyles and their related health problems, especially in view of the fact that most European societies show increasing numbers of people being overweight and obese:

  • 51.6% of the EU’s population (18 and over) are overweight (Eurostat, 2014);
  • 1 in 3 children are currently overweight or obese.
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