Inactivity is killing roughly as many people as smoking annually, according to a new report released Tuesday.
The study, published by the Lancet, found that roughly 5.3 million people globally die from diseases linked to lack of exercise, said BBC News.
This number correlates about one in ten deaths annually to inactivity, said the Los Angeles Times.
The report called the issue a "pandemic" and said that over one-third of adults worldwide do not get enough exercise, said BBC News.
Co-author of the study Pedro Hallal said that inactivity is "underfunded and undervalued" in comparison to other health problems like cancer or heart disease, said the Los Angeles Times.
"The global challenge is clear," said Hallal, "make physical activity a public health priority throughout the world to improve health and reduce the burden of disease."