Hey, Americans: Try Exercising Once In A While

Apr 05, 2015 at 3:07 PM ET

Monday is World Day for Physical Activity, and several countries around the world are taking note of the year’s theme: “Sedentary is Disease.” But in the U.S., where obesity is pervasive, there are many states in which more than a third of adults never engage in leisure-time physical activity.

Overweight adults 18 and older make up anywhere from 30 to 38 percent of each state’s population, according to the latest numbers from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And in most states, over a fifth of adults don’t exercise at all.

The CDC’s website reminds us that obesity can be related to health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. It is also a financial burden for the country. The U.S. is estimated to have spent $147 billion on obesity-related medical costs in 2008.