In Denmark, physical inactivity is considered the second most prevalent cause of death. The physically inactive live, on average, 5 years earlier than their physically active counterparts.
Dr Bente Klarlund Pedersen believes Denmark needs a political statement and laws about "health consequences". She urges politicians and city planners to consider health aspects including the role infrastructure and architecture has on the citizens' ability to keep physical activity. She also believes we must close the gap between science and practice to win the war against physical inactivity.
Prof. Bente Klarlund Pedersen, MD, DMSc is Professor and Director of the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism. Her research team has identified skeletal muscle as an endocrine organ that produces and releases signal peptides, which they have named “myokines”. This discovery makes for a new paradigm: Skeletal muscle is an endocrine organ, whereby contraction stimulates the production and release of cytokines, influencing metabolism and modifying cytokine production in tissues/organs. See her Vitae.