Stephen Hawking on battling obesity, what he fails to comprehend

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Stephen Hawking on obesity
Stephen Hawking on obesity

It would be wise to take heed to what Stephen Hawking says. Not only is he widely regarded as the smartest man on the planet, but he also has the affluence to back up his work despite suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Needless to say the man has the intellect and the wisdom to overcome the odds thrown his way.

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Stephen Hawking has been at the forefront of dealing with critical scientific research for years. He’s been focusing on studies that tackle climate change, and understands that there are more challenges out there, such as food shortages, overpopulation, and epidemic diseases.

Apart from these, one other problem he believes we all need to tackle is obesity.

Fighting obesity is “no rocket science”

Stephen Hawking says that “humanity faces a major challenge and millions of lives are in danger” in a new advert for Swedish non-profit GEN-PEP.

While the British cosmologist and physicist believes the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space, still, the real problem we need to solve first in within ourselves.

It’s about the lifestyle we choose, and how it is now affecting us.

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“Today too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity,” Hawking says in the ad according to Business Insider. “We eat too much and move too little.”

Stephen Hawking delivers his speech at the end of the ad with three direct messages: “Physical inactivity is now the world’s fourth leading cause of death,” “Required physical activity per day: Adults 30 minutes,” and “Required physical activity per day: Children 60 minutes.”

The solution to one of the most serious health problems of the 21st century is no rocket science. But yet we as a whole continue to fail at it. How can we expect to succeed over more complex challenges?

Perhaps it all goes down to our priorities. Maybe walking down the shoreline at mornings should be one of them. Or breaking away from our computer screens more often, to step off the virtual and into the real world.

Even Stephen Hawking, arguably the most intelligent of our species, doesn’t fully understand how we’ve become too sedentary.

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