Thais tending to avoid exercise during pandemic are vulnerable to NCDs - Thai PBS World.

Thais tending to avoid exercise during pandemic are vulnerable to NCDs - Thai PBS World.
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More Thai people are tending to be less physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many spending up to 14 hours a day doing nothing, not even walking, according to Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Health Department.

Citing information from the 10th National Health Assembly, he said that physical inactivity or insufficient physical activity (sedentary behaviour) can increase the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

For instance, he said that physical inactivity can increase the risk of diabetes by 27%, compared to those who exercise regularly, increases the risk of intestinal cancer by 25%, the risk of breast cancer by 21% and a 6% increased risk of stroke.

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