Physical inactivity has serious repercussions on productivity and the number of years of life in good health . Moreover, one person in ten in the world (i.e., more than 5.3 million) dies each year because of physical inactivity .
Physical inactivity is a risk factor for overweight, obesity, and numerous chronic diseases :
Over the past few years, the physical condition of children and youth has deteriorated to such a point that a growing number of them present risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes .
Physical inactivity is responsible for a substantial portion of direct and indirect healthcare costs [5, 6]:
|Costs of physical inactivity in Canada in 2009|
|This represents 3.7% of total healthcare costs.|
The costs associated with physical inactivity and obesity will soon reach such a level that they will absorb a considerable amount of government funding allocated to other sectors .
Contact Corinne Voyer, Director:
 &  Global Advocacy for Physical Activity, the Advocacy Council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (2010). Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call to Action. Consulted on January 14, 2013.
 Lee, I-M. & al. (2012). Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy. The Lancet, 380 (9838), 219-229.
 &  Janssen, I. (2012). Health care costs of physical inactivity in Canadian adults. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 37, 1-4.
 Comité scientifique de Kino-Québec (2011). L’activité physique, le sport et les jeunes – Savoir et agir. Québec : Secrétariat au loisir et au sport, ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. Gouvernement du Québec.
 World Health Organization (2005). Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO.
A committee of experts formed by the Weight Coalition has proposed five interventions, supported by the literature and meeting with consensus, for young people to be more active at school.