Movement and the global burden of disease

According to a recent article in the Lancet, musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of global disability, second only to psychiatric disorders. (1) We go to extreme efforts to look after our possessions. Yet, collectively, we completely ignore our most valuable asset and resource – the body.

Wether in sickness or health, you are committed to your body. You only get one. Time and time again, research suggests movement is the cheapest and most effective cure and prevention for musculoskeletal disease.

I’ve long wondered what it takes to make a youtube hit. And I thought this was an important message to share. So I borrowed a fantastic compilation of beautiful slow motion footage from motion designer Grégory Villien, and added a health perspective in writing.

I’m happy to see the message catching on. Three weeks in, it has more than 20 000 thousand views, and is also shared by some big names in rehabilitation literature. Check it out for yourself.

1. T. Vos et al. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 2012; 380:2163-96

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