Inactivity has major costs for business and governments

Fit citizens are cheaper: The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) in collaboration with IHRSA has published a report from Deloitte showing the social and economic value of the global health and fitness industry.

The most important facts in brief:

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The report “Economic health and societal well-being: quantifying the impact of the global health and fitness sector“From the Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA), IHRSA and Deloitte describe Impact of the health and fitness industry on GDP and health systems worldwide and that Activity levels in 46 different countries.

The total influence therefore amounts to $ 91.22 billion a year*.

* Some double counting has been recorded in this number.

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that the fitness and health industry makes one all over the world important contribution to employment and GDP. Your presence – through gyms, clubs and sports facilities – increases the level of regional activitywhat Increase GDP and lower health care costs leads.

Data, surveys and industry reports evaluated

By reviewing existing data, academic studies, and industry reports, the authors have developed a method that Demonstrates the impact of industry on the economy.

In the first step you have economic effects of absence and attendance explainedin the second they stated how much inactive workers in each country cost the economy.



Based on these results concrete recommendations will Investment of corresponding amounts in measures to increase the population’s activity levelwould have a positive impact on GDP and the health system, according to the authors of the study Pay after just one year.

Health systems affected worldwide

To these conclusions, they had previously examined studies from the World Bank, the OECD and the World Health Organization (WHO) and scientific work. Rand (2019) found, for example, that inactive people due to Mandatory attendance Loses 2.6 to 3.71 days of working time.

Already this year 2013 cost inactivity the global health systems $ 53.8 billionnoted a report published by the Lancet.


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The industry not only employs millions of people around the world and generates added value in billions of GDPbut also has a lot positive impact on health outcomes. In this way saves the economy billions in health care costs and productivity benefits, ”reads the preface to the GHFA and IHRSA report.

Country reports with detailed data

Each country section begins with the numbers for each country GDP per per capita to GDP health expenditure (in percent), to income per per capita, aging trends and insufficient activity (in percent) and to obesityfollowed by Health trends, government initiatives and economic consequences.

Added value through the fitness industry

To Great Britain generated by the health and fitness industry in one year 2021 for example one $ 3 billion in direct appreciation and promoted one additional value of $ 1.5 billion through supply chains and 50,100 jobs.

Deloitte shows the result economic benefits for every inactive worker who is active became.

Use the positive effects of exercise

movement leads to a improving the state of healthsuch as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, anxiety and a variety of cancers.

that Linking the positive effects of physical activity to GDP and health care costs as it appears Promoting physical activity relieves the health system and can increase GDP.

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According to the report inactivity costs the UK health system $ 4.3 billion annually, of which $ 3.6 billion is covered by the public health system. Every year in the UK go accordingly 43.8 million working days lost due to absence and attendancewhich costs the UK economy an additional $ 16.5 billion a year.

It follows it Each inactive worker in the economy costs $ 1,713 a year. that investment an equivalent amount $ 1,700 in support of an inactive person would fit paid in less than a year.

cost of inactivity

In it The United States costs inactivity of the health system $ 84.7 billion, each inactive works into the economy $ 3,447 a year. An investment of $ 3,000 recommended that Motivate inactive people to exercise regularly.

IN Spain inactivity costs the health system $ 7.2 billion, 19.8 million working days are lost due to absenteeism and attendance, and each inactive person costs the economy $ 1,978 (recommended $ 2,000 investment per person).

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that The authors of the report also led Interviews with stakeholders in the fitness and health industry through to some of Problems with current perception, cooperation and integration between the state and industry to light.

In addition, it was shown how work together in China, USA and Japan.



That the governments Membership of a gym as a leisure activity and not as a health investment Considering is one of the main problems.

IN Great Britain will on gym membership one VAT of 20 per cent raised while in Belgium for the use of sports facilities only one set six percent is valid.

Stakeholders suggested that such expenses should be lower tax rate to prove.

Cooperation between authorities and the fitness industry is required

Such several ways Governments could work with the health and fitness industryto Encourage inactive people to advance is personal training programs, physical activity measures and training as a preventive measure.

Of full report is available on the IHRSA website.

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