A new study has found that over around 17 percent of premature deaths have been caused by inactivity or laziness, especially in poor areas of England.
The study was conducted by researchers at not-for-profit health group Ukactive who found that in the 15 most inactive local authorities in the country, more than 340 premature deaths per 100,000 people annually was due to inactivity.
Around 13 of the 15 local authorities were in the most deprived parts of the country.
"It's no longer acceptable that physical inactivity remains the forgotten cause of death in the UK. More deprived areas are faring worse in a physical inactivity pandemic - with no national strategy to improve our fitness levels, from before we take our first steps to our last", the chairman of Ukactive, Fred Turok, said.