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Stephen Hawking gives ‘pep talk’ on physical inactivity and obesity

The theoretical physicist has a point.


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Published Nov 29, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 12:01 pm CDT

Stephen Hawking has a new warning for humanity, and this time it has nothing to do with outer space.

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In the minute-long spot for GEN-PEP, a Swedish health non-profit, Hawking tackles one of humanity’s major challenges: obesity and physical inactivity.

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“Today, too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity,” Hawking says. “We eat too much and move too little.”

Fortunately, Hawking says the solutions for a healthier lifestyle aren’t as difficult as rocket science. 

According to GEN-PEP, children need one hour of physical activity each day, while adults require 30 minutes. Their website makes it clear : “Our lifestyle is literally killing us and it’s time to start taking this problem seriously.”

“And for what it’s worth,” Hawking concludes, “how being sedentary has become a major health problem is beyond my understanding.”

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*First Published: Nov 29, 2016, 1:54 pm CST